Daily Mail: ‘Syrian Kurds Face Tough Talks To Preserve Autonomy’

Daily Mail reports on “tough talks” to preserve Democratic Autonomy in Rojava:

Syria’s Kurdish minority, hailed as an indispensable Western ally during the war against the Islamic State group, faces hard bargaining with Damascus to save its hard-won autonomy.

Early last year, President Bashar al-Assad’s government held just 17 percent of Syrian territory and was unable to do anything about the autonomous institutions the Kurds have set up in areas under their control.

But a succession of Russian-backed victories over the jihadists and a range of rebel factions has transformed the balance of power.

Assad’s government now controls nearly two-thirds of Syria and is determined to reassert its authority over Kurdish-held territory which forms the lion’s share of the rest.

Recognising their weakened position, Kurdish leaders and their supporters last month opened talks with Damascus, desperate to salvage what they can of the institutions they painstakingly built over the years.

“We are trying to preserve everything we built in terms of the autonomous system, the institutions, the democracy,” said leading Kurdish figure Saleh Muslim.

Read the full article on the Daily Mail here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6043061/Syria-Kurds-face-tough-talks-preserve-autonomy.html

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