Syrian Kurds declare autonomous government ahead of talks: Russia Today

Ahram Online, Wednesday 22 Jan 2014

A protester shouts slogans as he and other Kurds march through city center during a protest in Athens on Saturday, Jan. 18 2013. Several hundred Kurds marched through central Athens Saturday to demand an independent state. The march was one of several staged worldwide by the Kurdish Supreme Council to ask that the Kurdish question be on the agenda of the upcoming Geneva II Middle East Peace Conference on the Syrian conflict (Photo: AP)

Kurds in Syria have declared the formation of an autonomous government after saying they had not been invited to Geneva-2 peace talks, Russia Today reported Tuesday.

North and Northeastern Syria will see the installation of a president and 22 ministries.

The decision followed repeated calls and requests from the Kurds to form their own independent delegation at the talks, which began today in Switzerland, one separate from the exiled coalition and other groups.

The pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) earlier stated that it would reject any resolution reached at the talks.

Kurdish anger over exclusion at Geneva spilled over Twitter pages in the past weeks with hundreds of Kurdish activists demanding Kurdish representation at the Geneva conference. 

In a recent interview with Ahram Online, Mutlu Civiroglu, a Washington-based journalist and Kurdish affairs analyst said: "Kurds are discontented that conference organizers are trying to leave them out of Geneva II. They want to attend this conference and speak up with their own demands."

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