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Kurdish-Led Autonomous Administration Not Concerned With Constitutional Committee

Kurdish-Led Autonomous Administration Not Concerned With Constitutional Committee

Tuesday, 24 September, 2019 - 08:00
Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seen in Deir al-Zor, Syria May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Rodi Said

The Department of Foreign Relations of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) announced Monday that it was not concerned with the outcome of the formation of the Syrian Constitutional Committee due to its exclusion and the absence of its representatives’ participation in its meetings.

A delegation from the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), headed by Kurdish Leader Ilham Ahmed, is discussing with senior administration officials in Washington the formation of a constitutional committee and border security.

In a statement issued on its official page, the Autonomous Administration of NES stressed its firm position calling for dialogue to reach a national Syrian agreement with the participation of all Syrian parties.

The statement further highlighted the importance of the political will in NES, representing the voice of millions of components.

Regarding the absence of representatives of the Autonomous Administration and the SDC from the Syrian Constitutional Committee and peace talks, Abdul Karim Omar, who co-chairs the Kurdish administration's foreign affairs office, told Asharq Al-Awsat that drafting a Syrian democratic constitution with the participation of all Syrians is regarded as a significant issue.

“However, the absence of any party means the absence of democracy in the constitution,” Omar said.

“We in the administration believe that our exclusion from efforts to find a political solution and in particular the reformulation of the constitution is unfair,” he noted.

Omar believes that the continuation of the conflict, the ongoing crisis in Syria and the failure of all attempts to build stability and solution are due to “the absence of a political solution and the Syrian consensus.”

He stressed that ending this impasse could be achieved through serious and responsible stances from all parties.

It is noteworthy that the Autonomous Administration runs most of the eastern Euphrates region after it has cleared it from ISIS militants.

It receives military and logistical support from the US-led international coalition. The administration has shown vigorous and practical efforts for dialogue and held meetings between Syrian opposition parties at home and in European countries.

The statement pointed to the sacrifices made by the people to prepare the real ground for solution, especially with regard to ending the presence of extremism militarily.

It called for building a national Syrian project, represented by autonomous administration with all channels open for dialogue and consensus among Syrians. But attempts were lacking the willingness and practical readiness of other parties, it added.

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