Yesterday, a Kurdish official said that Kurds had been planning to declare a federal region in northern Syria, the model which he said can be applied to the whole country.
Today, several western news media reported by citing Kurdish officials that Kurdish area in Syria has declared a federal region in the north of the country.
Yesterday, a strong Syrian Kurdish political party named as the Democratic Union Party spokesman Nawaf Khalil said that his party has been planning to declare a federal region in northern Syria, the model which he said can be applied to the whole country.
He said to a western news agency that his party is not urging for an only-Kurdish region but an all-inclusive area which will include Turkmen, Arabs and Kurds in northern Syria.
Although previously, the Syrian government and the opposition reject any form of partitioning of the country.
“As a Syrian citizen, I say we reject talks about a federal Syria … our people will reject any attempt to divide Syria,” Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said at a press conference in Damascus.
On Monday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said federalization is option if Syrian people want it. According to Lavrov, Russia will support whatever solution the Syrian government and the opposition formulate to end the country’s war, including “any form (of government) whatever it may be called: federalization, decentralization, unitary state.”
Yesterday, US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said that the United States will not recognize a ‘self-rule’, semi-autonomous Kurdish zone in Syria and remains committed to the country’s unity.
“We’ve been very clear that we won’t recognize any self-rule autonomous zones within Syria,” spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.
On the other hand, Doğan News Agency reported yesterday that Turkey’s İncirlik Air Base in Adana province (Turkey) raised alert to its highest level. Following the highest level of alert, Germany shut downs its consulate in Istanbul.
Today, it is reported by RT.com that Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country can deploy military forces again within several hours to ensure peace in that region if needed.
“Of course, if such a need arises, Russia can, in several hours, build up its forces in Syria to a size capable of dealing with an escalating situation and use the entire range of means at its disposal,” Putin said.
However, as a largest ethnic minority in Syria, Kurds are more than 10 percent of the country’s population of 23 million. Since the Syrian civil war, Kurds have been fighting several terrorists groups including ISIS to defend their territory, but Turkey is continuously putting political and military pressure on the ethnic group.