On January 19, the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) released a list of demands that the Kurdish-dominated Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS) will propose during upcoming talks with the Damascus government.
According to the news agency, which is known for its ties to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the demands are:
1.Unity of the Syrian land;
2 The system in Syria is a democratic republic, and Autonomous Administration is part of this system;
3 Autonomous Administrations have representatives in parliament in the center of Damascus, through their representatives;
4 Along with the Syrian flag, there should be flags representing Autonomous Administrations;
Diplomacy in the areas of Autonomous Administrations does not go contrary to the interests of the Syrian people and constitution;
6 Syrian Democratic Forces are part of the Syrian army, which is responsible for protecting the Syrian border;
7-The Internal Security Forces in the areas of Autonomous Administration operate according to the local councils in a manner that does not contradict with the Syrian constitution;
8-Learning in the mother tongue is the basis of education in the areas of Autonomous Administration, and Arabic is the official language throughout Syria;
9-In Autonomous Administration areas, education in local languages is taught in faculties of history, culture, languages, literature and the like;
10-Distributing the Syrian wealth to the Syrian regions in a fair manner.
The DFNS and the Damascus government resumed their talks last month. The step was a direct result of the U.S. decision to withdraw its troops from the war-torn country.
According to a recent report of the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, the DFNS presented its list of demands to Russia, which is overseeing the ongoing negotiations between the DFNS and the Damascus government, whose stand on the matter is still not clear.
The U.S. is currently working to pressure the DFNS into accepting another deal that would involve establishing a safe-zone on the Syrian-Turkish border east of the Euphrates River. The plan would allow Turkey to have authority over the zone, where a majority of Kurds live.
Despite this, local observers believe that the Kurdish-dominated administration may end up accepting the U.S. plan, especially that it has already welcomed any cooperation with Turkey.