AANES official notes to military coordination with Syrian government

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – A prominent official of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) noted on Monday to the existence of a military coordination between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian government forces but without any political understanding.

Badran Chiya Kurd, co-chair of the Foreign Relations Department of the AANES, said that the coordination has been mediated by the Russians since 2019, calling at the same time for dialogue with the Syrian government.

In 2019, the Turkish forces and their affiliated factions of the Syrian National Army (SNA) launched a military operation dubbed “Peace Spring” on the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in the north of Hasakah and Tel Abyad in the north of Raqqa against the SDF under the pretext of protecting the Turkish national security. The operation led to the occupation of the two cities and the displacement of their original people.   

In a forum held by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a leading Kurdish political party in North and East Syria, in the city of Hasakah, Chiya Kurd said that their stance regarding “the Syrian regime” is unchanged. Their main goal is to change the constitution and the interior policy in Syria but not the rule.

“There are no changes regarding the understanding and negotiations between the AANES and the regime, and there is not any political dialogue or agreement.”

As for the opposition, the AANES official said there would be meetings and discussions for holding a Syrian conference for the democratic powers in the future. “This work reached the final stage and it could be achieved in autumn.”

In late June, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (NCB) reached a memorandum of understanding which included five articles that pave the way for joint work between the two sides.

The NCB is a coalition of unarmed political figures and parties of the Syrian opposition. It was founded in June 2011 with the aim of unifying the opposition’s demands in having a political dialogue with the Syrian government.

Both the SDC and the NCB agreed on the necessity of establishing a “Syrian democratic national front” for the Syrian opposition that adopts the project of “democratic national change and the transition from dictatorship to democracy to get Syria out of the disaster it is going through.”

Chiya Kurd pointed out that they cannot reach an understanding with the Syrian opposition that is affiliated with Turkey unless they stop following the Turkish agenda.

“We communicate with all the opposition blocs and groups inside and outside Syria. However, we cannot communicate the Turkish-affiliated opposition,” the official noted, adding, ” because they are affiliated with the Turkish occupying state and continue violating the human rights of the peoples of the region.” 

Reporting by Jwan Shekaki