Kurdish National Council: Russia & Assad’s Intransigence and Their Failure to Penetrate the Opposition Delegation are Behind Geneva Conference Suspension
The Kurdish National Council stressed that the main reason for the suspension of the Geneva talks is the intransigence of the Assad regime and its lack of commitment to what was agreed upon with international powers, namely its refusal to implement Articles 12 and 13 of UN Security Council resolution 2254.
“The Assad regime insists on ignoring provisions of the UNSCR resolution 2254 which calls for granting unimpeded access to the besieged areas, the release of detainees, especially women and children, stopping attacks against civilians and lifting the siege,” the Kurdish National Council said in a statement released yesterday.
“Russia’s failure to embed figures close to it into the opposition delegation to Geneva or to form a third negotiating delegation has increased the intransigence of the regime and its reluctance to engage seriously in the talks. Instead of pressing the Assad regime to implement Articles 12 and 13 and stop bombing of civilians, Russia has intensified bombardment of civilian areas, causing hundreds of civilian casualties,” the statement added.
The Kurdish National Council went to say that “contrary to claims that the Kurds do not have representatives in the Geneva talks, the Syrian Kurdish National Council has been present since the outset as part of the Syrian National Coalition. We will actively participate in the various advisory committees as we see that the Kurds were under-represented in the Geneva talks.”
The council called for better preparations for the next round of negotiations to make it a success in order to put an end to the tragic suffering of the Syrian people and to stop the systematic killing, destruction and displacement carried out by the Assad regime. It reiterates it will not accept a reproduction of the Assad regime under any circumstances, calling for the enforcement of the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and UNSCR resolution 2118 (2012) which calls forming a transitional governing body with full powers as a basis for any political solution in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)