Syrian Government Secretely Meets With Kurds
Top-level Syrian officials recently met with leading Kurdish self-defense units and political parties to discuss their involvement in the forthcoming Geneva 3 talks on the future of Syria to be held January 25, Iraqi Kurdish news outlet BasNews reported.
A number of high-ranking military officials, headed by Mohammad al-Shaar, the Interior Minister of Syria, reportedly traveled to the majority-Kurdish town of Qamishli on the border with Turkey.
The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) hosted their negotiations with the People's Protection Units (YPG) alongside the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to BasNews.
Meanwhile, a campaign has been launched by the Kurdish National Council in Syria (ENKS) to bring to the world's attention the status of the Syrian Kurds during the upcoming Geneva talks. A petition addressed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is aimed at gathering a million signatures, local media reported.