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Russia Presents Roadmap For Full Damascus-SDF Settlement – Report

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Russia Presents Roadmap For Full Damascus-SDF Settlement – Report

FILE IMAGE: Russian Military Police service members are in Syria

Russia has presented a roadmap for a full settlement between the Damascus government and the Kurdish-led self-administration in northeastern Syria, Asharq Al-Awsat reported on January 7.

Sources familiar with the matter told the London-based newspaper that the roadmap is based on the following ten points:

  • Allowing the Kurdish side to join the work of the Syrian constitutional committee;
  • Representing the Kurdish political movement in the Syrian government;
  • Deploying Syrian border guards along the country’s northern border from the Semalka crossing to the city of Manbij in the countryside of eastern Aleppo;
  • The launch of a dialogue between the Kurdish self-administration in the north and east and the Syrian government;
  • The formation of joint economic and military committees;
  • Issuing official papers for Syrian Kurds;
  • Issuing official certificates for Kurdish students;
  • Coordinating on energy resources, particularly the Euphrates dam in the town of Tabqah, Raqqa province;
  • The Syrian Arab Army withdrawal from schools and universities in Kurdish areas;
  • Reopening of the road that links Aleppo with the Iraqi border, through the town of Bukamal and the removal of “the Kurdish threats and dangers and work on the safety of the Syrian checkpoints spread east the Euphrates.”

The source said that the Russian delegation working on the roadmap travelled first to the Syrian capital, Damascus, and held talks with government officials there on December 25 and 26. The delegation visited the northeastern city of Qamishli on the eve of December 26 and met with officials from the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD).

According to Asharq Al-Awsat, the roadmap was supposed to be announced ahead of President Vladimir Putin visit to Syria. A meeting between the Damascus government and the self-administration was also supposed to take place in the Syrian capital. However, the government side asked for more time.

Last October, the Damascus government and the military wing of the self-administration, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), reached a breakthrough agreement allowing the deployment of SAA units in the northeastern region to counter a Turkish-led attack.

Since then, the two sides have failed to reach a wider understanding on administrative, economical and cultural issues in northeast Syria.

Asharq Al-Awsat’s source said that the Russian delegation will be return to Syria in the upcoming few days to resume work on the proposed roadmap.

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