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Creating Kurdish federal region in Syria to complicate Geneva talks — source

March 18, 2016, 17:20 UTC+3 GENEVA

The Kurds earlier announced the creation of a federal region in northern Syria

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GENEVA, March 18. /TASS/. The Kurds’ decision to form the regional federal administration in northern Syria will make the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva more difficult, a diplomatic source close to the negotiations has told TASS.

"This situation only complicates the negotiations, considering relations between Damascus and the Kurds," the source said. According to him, "it was not Damascus that prompted the Kurds to take this step, but the forces that are blocking their participation (in the Geneva talks), they were actually forced to take such a step."

"The Turks are blocking the Kurds’ involvement (in the talks), who are a real force ‘on the ground.’ In actual fact, the Turks prompted the Kurds to take this step," the source said.

Earlier reports said that more than 30 political parties that gathered for the congress in Rumeilan, a city in Syria’s Al-Hasakah province, proclaimed the creation of a regional federal administration in northern Syria on Thursday. The forum held under the motto "Democratic federal Syria - guarantee of co-residence and brotherhood of peoples" brought together 200 delegates. They represent the Kurds, the Arabs, the Assyrians, the Turkmens, the Circassians and the Armenians residing in northern and northeastern parts of Syria.

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