SYR­IAN REGIME AIMS AT FUR­THER DI­A­LOGUE WITH US-BACKED YPG

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

regime hopes that its di­a­logue with the PKK’s Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate, the Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG), will in­ten­sify, a min­is­ter said yes­ter­day, ex­press­ing that they hope the di­a­logues with the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion would lead to a po­lit­i­cal deal.

The YPG has pre­vi­ously sought Rus­sian med­i­ta­tion for talks with the Bashar As­sad regime, fol­low­ing the U.S. de­ci­sion to with­draw from the re­gion, seek­ing new sup­port for their ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rus­sia said on Fri­day that it was im­por­tant for YPG and the regime to start talk­ing in light of U.S. plans.

THE SYR­IAN

Last month, YPG also in­vited regime forces to de­ploy to the key city of north­ern Syria’s Man­bij.

The di­a­logue be­tween the two ac­tors con­tin­ues de­spite Da­m­as­cus hav­ing pre­vi­ously stated its op­po­si­tion to the kind of fed­eral state sought by the YPG.

The PKK is listed as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

The YPG is the Syr­ian wing of the PKK ter­ror­ist group but the U.S. does not rec­og­nize it as such, as U.S. Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Syria James Jef­frey ad­mit­ted re­cently.

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