Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Syrian Kurds in six-month countdown to federalism

Tom Perry, reuters.com

Image from article, with caption: Hadiya Yousef, a Kurdish official, poses in front of a Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) flag during a local conference which discusses federalism in Hasaka, Syria April 9, 2016.
Syrian Kurds and their allies aim to finalize plans within six months for an autonomous political federation in northern Syria, pressing ahead despite the objections of foreign governments which fear Syria's disintegration. ...
Hadiya Yousef, a Kurdish official leading efforts to build the new government, says it is time the West gave its full backing to a plan she says is not aimed at Kurdish secession but at helping to resolve the Syrian crisis. ...
Yousef said preparations over the next six months would include public diplomacy abroad to explain the plan, adding: "We will work as hard as we can to be ready in six months."  

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