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MOSCOW, March 17 /TASS/. Members of the "Kurdish federated region" in northern Syria have elected a 31-member executive power body, Farkhat Patiyev, the head of the Council of the Federal National and Cultural Autonomy of the Kurds, told TASS on Thursday.
"Thirty-one representatives have been elected to the new executive body: 15 from Jazira Canton; 4 - from Kobani Canton; 4 - from Afrin Canton as well as 4 representatives from the town of Gre Spi and 4 from the town of Shahba," Patiyev said.
He believes that the creation of the "Kurdish federation’s" executive body is a step towards Syria’s federalization.
"We are not trying to separate from Syria. We want a single and unified state but that should not prevent us from putting our idea of federalization into life," Patiyev stressed.
Syrian Kurds proclaimed the creation of a "democratic system of Rojava, a federated district in northern Syria, at a congress held in the town of Rumeilan (Syria’s Al-Hasakah province).
"A decision to establish the federation of northern Syria was adopted unanimously today. From now on, this region is a federative district in northern Syria," Patiyev told TASS.
Earlier on Thursday, the Rumeilan conference adopted a declaration containing the parameters of the "Kurdish federation’s" form of government. Its text will be published later.
The forum had assembled 200 delegates representing more than 30 political parties under the motto "Democratic Federative Syria - guarantee of co-residence and brotherhood of peoples." They represent the Kurds, the Arabs, the Assyrians, the Turkmens, the Circassians and the Armenians residing in northern and northeastern parts of Syria, the Kurdish news agency Firat said on Thursday.
Moscow believes that Kurds should join the inter-Syrian peace talks without fail.
"It is vitally important for the Syrian opposition to be fully represented at the talks, including the Kurdish forces, which are in the first ranks of struggle against terrorism," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.
"We continue stressing the need to implement the principles of the inter-Syrian dialogue enshrined in the Geneva communique, the documents adopted by the International Syria Support Group and U.N. Security Council resolution 2254 without singling out a separate isolated group from a broad range of the Syrian opposition that would position itself as the only equal partner for negotiations with the official Damascus government," Zakharova said.