The 15th Astana meeting took place in January but failed to reach an agreement regarding the preparation of a new constitution in Syria. The meetings included representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran. However, most Syrian communities were not represented in the meetings.
Women of Syria National Democratic Coalition spokesperson Muna Xelef said, “Several issues were discussed in Astana. The ceasefire issue among opposition parties in İdlib was among them. Migration and issues with human rights organisations were ignored completely”.
Drawing attention to the fact that one of the outcomes of Astana was the assaults carried out against the Autonomous Administration, Xelef said, “We condemn the outcomes of Astana. The Autonomous Administration is democratic and ensures the rights of Syrian people while including everyone in the administration”.
Xelef said those forces did not want the Autonomous Administration to succeed in the region and noted, “Their aim is to divide and share the sovereign areas, especially the area of North and East Syria, which is rich in terms of underground resources”.
Emphasising that the meetings do not promise Syrians anything other than migration, destruction and looting, Xelef said, “The incidents that took place in North and East Syria and İdlib openly indicate that they cannot fulfil their responsibilities in those areas and cannot stop violations.
“As the Syria National Democratic Coalition Party, we witnessed that a solution through dialogue was not possible ever since the beginning of the Syrian crisis”, he said, adding that all parties should come together to make positive decisions.