In its official announcement of the ISIS defeat in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) called on the Damascus government to recognize its authority over northeastern Syria.
“We call on the central government in Damascus to prefer the process of dialogue and start practical steps to reach a political solution based on the recognition of elected self-administrations in north-east of Syria and acceptance of the specialty of the Syrian Democratic Forces,” the group’s official victory statement reads.
The US-backed group went on to call on Turkey to withdraw its forces from northern Syria and stop mrddling into the country’s internal affairs.
“We also call on Turkey to stop interfering into Syrian internal affairs and to stop constantly threat its security and exit from Syrian territory, especially Afrin, and to adopt dialogue as a way to resolve outstanding problems in the region based on mutual respect and good neighborly relations,” the SDF said.
The SDF is apparently trying to use its recent victory over ISIS as a leverage in the political filed. This attempt will likely fail, as the group is clearly still unwilling to make concessions of any matter.
Syria’s Defense Minister warned the SDF that the Damascus government is willing to recapture northeastern Syria by force if necessary. The minister said that the only other option available for the group’s leadership is to join the reconciliation process.
The US-backed group was also warned by the Prime Minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region who said that the SDF should reach a deal with Damascus, involving Moscow as a mediator.
Despite these warning, the SDF appears to be determined to pin all of its hopes on the U.S. military presence in northeastern Syria. The presence that may end or be reduced dramatically at some moment.
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