World Bulletin / News Desk
State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the Obama administration remains committed to a unified Syria following the declaration by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that it plans to form a transitional autonomous administration in the country’s Kurdish regions.
“We certainly remain concerned by reports of efforts to declare an independent Kurdish region in Syria, and establishing a special Kurdish region would involve many communities in that region of Syria and thus needs to be part of a larger decision,” said Psaki.
She added, “Our view is that Syria should be unified, it must be unified moving forward. That has consistently been our view.”
The PYD is the largest Syrian Kurdish party, and its militias have in recent months made gains against radical rebels, including fighters from the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is the only Syrian Kurdish party with a militant wing.
Kurdish group's decision to join Geneva II a “positive sign”
Still, Psaki approved the decision of a different Kurdish group to join planned peace talks.
“The fact that the Kurdish National Coalition joined the SNC and they're committed to coming to Geneva was a positive sign of the last 24 hours,” said Psaki.Last Mod: 14 Kasım 2013, 10:08