The Kurdish-led administration that controls territories in northeast Syria announced on Saturday a new initiative to resolve the civil conflict in the country and called on the Damascus government to take urgent measures towards a solution.
The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has publicly reaffirmed their openness to dialogue with Syrian president Bashar al- Assad’s government.
The administration called on political forces to “work together and take the required steps in order to find a common solution based on the foundations of dialogue, cooperation and consensus,” and added that Syrians urgently a peaceful solution to the over 12 years of conflict.
AANES said that existing international and regional initiatives launched to solve the crisis in Syria had failed due to the absence of an accurate analysis of the conflict, the absence of a roadmap for a peaceful and democratic solution, and the exclusion of some of the Syrian groups from dialogue efforts.
“The solution to the Syrian crisis must be sought inside the country, and the Syrian government must show a responsible stance and take urgent measures that could contribute to the success of finding an internal solution,” the Kurdish-led administration said.
“Syria is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. Any viable solution must involve all groups in determining their future and resolving Syria’s crisis,” the AANES said, adding points that must be clarified towards peace efforts.
The Kurdish-led administration affirmed the unity of Syria’s lands and its readiness to engage in dialogue with the Damascus government and all related Syrian parties. It then emphasised that any democratic solution to the Syrian problem should recognise the legitimate rights of all religious and ethnic communities living in the country.
The AANES stated that the democratic model it has established in northern Syria based on gender equality and environmental sustainability could form the foundation of a democratic solution for the country.
The autonomous administration went on to stress that all economic wealth and natural resources should be fairly distributed across regions and called on related parties to reopen border crossings.
The AANES committed to take necessary measures, within available resource limits, to receive displaced persons from within the region or those coming into NE Syria from elsewhere. It also said the Kurdish-led forces would continue the struggle against the Islamic State (ISIS).
The AANES mentioned the Turkish aggression and the Turkish government’s intention to influence Syria’s domestic politics and called for an end to Turkish occupation in north Syria.
The Kurdish-led administration also called on Arab countries and the United Nations to play a constructive role in resolving the Syrian conflict.
“In order to solve the Syrian crisis, the AANES has assumed its historical and humanitarian responsibility, fully aware that hundreds of thousands of Syrians have lost their lives and millions are living in dire humanitarian situation,” it said.
“Based on this responsibility, the AANES calls on the Syrian government and all national democratic forces to respond to this initiative, and to work towards finding a common solution that ends the crisis and the suffering of the Syrians to build our homeland again,” the administration concluded.