AS­SAD REGIME AIMS TO DEAL WITH PKK/PYD OVER DI­VID­ING SYRIA

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THE SYR­IAN regime aims to make a deal with the ter­ror­ist Demo­cratic Union Party (PYD) over di­vid­ing Syria, it was re­ported on Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by Anadolu Agency (AA) from con­fi­den­tial sources, the As­sad regime has of­fered au­ton­omy to the PYD in re­turn for with­drawal of its Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) mili­tia from ar­eas un­der its con­trol, but the or­ga­ni­za­tion has de­manded a fed­er­ated sta­tus in­stead.

It is re­ported that the As­sad regime held talks with the PYD on Sun­day in the regime-con­trolled Qamishli dis­trict of Hasakah prov­ince in north­east­ern Syria. Ali Mam­louk, the head of the coun­try’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Bureau, rep­re­sented the As­sad regime in the talks. Ac­cord­ing to the sources, Mam­louk as­sured the PYD that the Syr­ian regime would rec­og­nize the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion’s author­ity in the re­gion on the con­di­tion that it with­draws from the ter­ri­tory it cap­tured dur­ing the Syr­ian civil war.

The PYD, how­ever, re­jected the of­fer and de­manded the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tional sys­tem be re­struc­tured, the sources said. Although the two sides failed to reach a deal, they agreed to hold fur­ther meet­ings in the fu­ture. There was no com­ment from ei­ther the Syr­ian regime or the PYD on the claim. The re­ported meet­ing came as the YPG rapidly ad- vances with U.S. sup­port, gain­ing more ter­ri­tory. Rus­sia had re­port­edly me­di­ated between the Syr­ian regime and the PYD at a lower level. Last month, Syr­ian For­eign Min­is­ter Walid Mualem had an­nounced that Kur­dish au­ton­omy in Syria was ne­go­tiable.

Mean­while, the YPG be­gan dig­ging ditches in the vil­lage of Jidin, in south­east­ern Raqqah, where it ex­changed fire with Syr­ian forces. Lo­cal sources claimed that the ter­ror­ist group is seek­ing to es­tab­lish per­ma­nent lines for a bor­der with the regime.

Ear­lier this month, the YPG seized con­trol of Raqqah, the de facto cap­i­tal of Daesh, from the ter­ror­ist group in a U.S.- backed op­er­a­tion. As part of its ef­fort to main­tain con­trol of land un­der its con­trol, the PYD is be­lieved to be pre­par­ing to hold a “Fed­eral Elec­tion of Con­stituent As­sem­bly” on Nov. 3. Ac­cord­ing to AA map mea­sure­ments, the YPG oc­cu­pies about a quar­ter of Syria, most of which is pop­u­lated by Arabs and Turk­mens.

The PYD is the Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate of the PKK, a mil­i­tant group rec­og­nized as a ter­ror­ist group by the U.S., Euro­pean Union, Tur­key and many other coun­tries. Rec­og­nized by the U.S. as an ally in the fight against the Daesh ter­ror­ist group, YPG mil­i­tants op­er­ate un­der the name of the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces (SDF).

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