proposal to include Kurds in Geneva Syrian talks was vetoed by the UN
Security Council’s Western members, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin
reported, saying this contradicts UN resolutions on Syrian
reconciliation and ignores calls for inclusive talks.
warned that if the Syrian Kurds do not in the peace process,
international efforts to bring peace to Syria could be undermined.
are concerned that the Syrian Kurds, historically woven into the
social fabric of the country, still have not been invited to the
Geneva talks,” he
said, pointing out that by not inviting the Kurds, the West is
violating the spirit of inclusiveness for the Syrian talks in the UN
Security Council resolutions on Syria.
diplomat also slammed the actions of the non-permanent member
Ukraine, whose opposition to the Russian draft“added
its destructive share” to
the final decision.
opposition should do ‘homework’ ahead of Geneva – Lavrov
on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that it
was crucial that all parties, including the Kurds, are included in
the upcoming round of Geneva talks. He made the statements after
meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Moscow.
like in any conflict, the most important thing is to ensure the
inclusive character of talks and their orientation towards direct
dialogue between the parties,” Lavrov
added that Moscow would “comprehensively” support
such a format, expressing hope that all of the provisions included in
the UN resolutions on Syria, as well as the resolutions of the Syria
Support Group, would be implemented.
minister stressed that both the Syrian government and opposition
should do their respective “homework” in order to facilitate the
talks’ success, while praising the work of the UN Special Envoy.
have summed up the results of the round of intra-Syrian talks and
neither of the parties rejected these results,” he
also called for external mediators to send the participants clear
synchronized signals “for
peace and accord.”
his turn, de Mistura urged the interested parties to step up their
efforts to ensure that all sides of the Syrian conflict comply with
the cessation of hostilities.
Russian FM pointed out that a solution to the Syrian crisis should be
entirely based on the principles outlined in the UN and Syrian
Support Group resolutions which stipulate that “only
the Syrian people can determine the future of their country.”
referring to the inclusiveness of the talks, French Senate President
Gerard Larcher stated that participants in the Geneva talks should
consider the possibility of allowing the Kurds to take part.
should be inclusive…we should consider the possibility of the
Kurds’ participation,” he
told journalists on Tuesday. He also stressed that Syria should
remain a single state, adding that France supports the renewal of the
expressed hope that De Mistura’s visit to the Russian capital ahead
of the next round of Geneva talks would constitute “an
important stage in preparations for the second round of the
is scheduled to begin in Geneva, Switzerland on April 11.