The rapprochement between Syria and Turkey raises the Kurds’ fear over the fate of the Autonomous Administration

The rapprochement between Syria and Turkey raises the Kurds’ fear over the fate of the Autonomous Administration
The rapprochement between Syria and Turkey raises the Kurds’ fear over the fate of the Autonomous Administration

The rapprochement between Syria and Turkey raises fear among the Kurds over the fate of the autonomy they have continued to enjoy for a decade.

According to Reuters, many in the so-called Autonomous Administration fear losing their new rights if the Syrian government reconciles with Turkey, which has supported the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad since 2011, and attacks the Syrian regions run by the Kurds, which Ankara considers a threat to national security.

A year after the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, government forces withdrew from areas in the north, paving the way for the Kurdish-led “autonomous administration” to control its own institutions, including schools where the Kurdish language is taught.

A resident of the Autonomous Administration area told Reuters: “If this agreement occurs, it will be a fatal blow to the Autonomous Administration, which was founded on the system of equality, democracy and freedom.”

Four sources told Reuters last week that these concerns are the result of a clear improvement in relations between Damascus and Ankara with Moscow’s blessing, and any normalization between Ankara and Damascus would reshape the decade-long Syrian war.

Reuters noted that the head of Turkish intelligence held secret talks in Damascus this month, and the Turkish foreign minister also encouraged reconciliation between opposition militants and the government, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would have liked to meet Assad if the latter attended a summit held last week in Samarkand.

The agency suggested that any discussions between Turkey and Syria will revolve around the 3.6 million Syrian refugees who are still residing in Turkey, and Erdogan wants to start their return to their country before preparing for his re-election next year, but the discussions may also address agreements on security and governance in the north.

One of the teachers in the Autonomous Administration area expressed that the Kurdish language has been erased, and said, “We fear that the rapprochement between Turkey and Syria will lead to the persecution of some residents of this region, including the erasure of the Kurdish culture and mother tongue after all we have accomplished during the past ten years.”

Reuters noted that Turkey is a declared enemy of the Autonomous Administration, and the Syrian Kurds have engaged in a tense dialogue with Damascus while maintaining good relations with Moscow and the US-led coalition in Syria.

For his part, Saleh Muslim, one of the heads of the Democratic Union Party, which is the main party in the Autonomous Administration region, said that Russia may also have turned against the Kurds now, adding that all this comes at the invitation of Russia, which encourages this rapprochement.

Source: Reuters

The article is in Arabic

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