MOSCOW - Russia is proposing recognising autonomy for Kurds in Syria and equality for Kurdish and Arabic in Kurdish areas according to a draft constitution allegedly presented at the recent Astana talks, Rbk reported on Thursday.
The proposed fundamental law also recognises "the right of all regions of the country to choose an official language, spoken by the majority of the population, in addition to the state language", the on-line source said. In addition, under the draft proposal the national borders could only be modified by national referendum.
Separately, the pro-Kremlin Sputnik reported that the draft constitution proposes calling the country the "Syrian Republic" rather than the "Syrian Arab Republic" as at present, and guarantees the "cultural diversity of Syrian society".
Meanwhile, official statements on Syria focused on the plan announced by new US President Donald Trump to create "safety zones" for those fleeing conflict. "The important thing is that this does not make things worse for refugees, all possible consequences need to be calculated," said Dmitri Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin. "The American partners did not consult with Russia" on this matter, he added.
On Wednesday Trump told Abc News that allowing millions of refugees from Syria and the Middle East into Europe had been a big mistake.
"I don't want the same thing to happen here," he said.
'No future for Syrian President Assad', Turkey says. U-turn follows opening from deputy premier Simsek
ROME - There can be no future in Syria for President Bashar al Assad, "responsible for the death of 600,000 civilians", Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson Huseyin Muftuoglu said on Thursday. The statement confirms the position long held by Ankara, despite the apparent softening towards Assad shown by Turkish deputy premier Mehmet Simsek last week.
Turkey must be "realistic" and "can no longer" insist on an agreement without Assad, Simsek said at the World Economic Forum in Davos before being forced to backtrack on his return.
Turkey, like Russia, has expressed caution in relation to the proposal by new US President Donald Trump to create 'safe zones' for people fleeing conflict in Syria. "The important thing is to see the outcome of these studies, Muftuoglu said, adding that Turkey has always supported the creation of a buffer zone in the north. "The best example is in Jarabulus," he continued in reference to the strategic border city liberated from ISIS at the end of August under the military operation Euphrates Shield.