Written: By Renas Sino
CEO of Tevn International
what's new? On 5 March, Assad said in an interview with Russia 24 channel that there was no such thing as the Kurdish issue. This sentiment regarding the presence of the Kurdish people in Syria sparked a great anger among the Kurds. Once again, the basic questions about the Syrian government's approach to the rights of the various minorities within Syria, including the Kurds, are both political and economic. These were as well some of the most important reasons for the start of the protests in Syria in 2011 which turned into a war that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians. why does it matter? This statement coincided with the convening of a double summit between Erdogan and Putin on field developments in the northwest of Syria. The statemen is not the first of its kind by the authorities in Damascus, but it was part of an increased number of statements recently, alongside the approach of the Syrian government to regain control of all opposition areas. What should be done? Kurdish parties should study the signals sent by the Syrian government about the Kurdish people, Kurdish political parties and their relations with the international coalition. Doing so, they must bear in mind that multiple scenarios may become reality when it comes to their quest for a democratic system that guarantees the rights of the Syrian people, to avoid surprises as a result of changing political alliances. The parties must also cooperate internationally to find a solution that guarantees the protection of the people in northeast Syria. All parties in the northeast must be included in the negotiations coordinated by the United Nations, which should be based on international resolutions, especially Resolution 2254. The international coalition in turn should support local parties such as SDC and SDF in their negotiation efforts with the Syrian government, and any agreement that is signed should be ratified by the Security Council to ensure that none of the parties derogates from its obligations towards the agreement. Overview. The Syrian government is close to regaining control of all areas that were under the control of the opposition with the great support of its ally Russia and the Iranian militias -Syrian government-. All signals in the field indicate that the government’s security plan includes the restoration of Syrian governance over the whole of Syria, following a policy of restoring one region after the other. The regime used excessive force to conclude bilateral local agreements, forcing local and international parties to search for exits after all their crisis management efforts of the past few years. These local agreements were made through the Astana process between Russia, Turkey and Iran. These parties exchanged control over cities, including the release of Turkey's control over Jarabulus and Afrin and in the area between Tal Abyad Ras Al-Ain. Now, with the end of the last opposition strongholds in the north west approaching, the eyes of the Syrian government will turn to the northeast. It is expected that the Syrian government and its allies will put pressure on local parties and the international community to obtain major concessions. One indication of this pressure is the statements that Assad made against the Kurds in the abovementioned interview with Russia 24. Therefore, we will try in this article to analyze the political discourse of the Syrian government towards the Kurds, using the regime's vision of the social, political and economic rights of the various Syrian minorities and analyzing them through 5 main points:
Attitude towards the Kurdish people. Attitude towards diversity and pluralism.
Attitude towards self-management.
The position of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Attitude towards political parties and military forces
The Kurds' Alliance Relations. Building relationships and opening up to the outside.
Oil and economy. The position on economic rights.