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Syrian Kurds oppose separation: party leader

Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has said the Syrian Kurds oppose separation from Syria, local media reported Wednesday.

"The Syrian Kurds have been clear from the beginning that they are strategically and ideologically against separation," PYD chief Salih Muslim was quoted as saying.

He also appreciated the recent remarks of Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, who said the central government is ready to negotiate with the Kurds about a federal Kurdish system in northern Syria.

In an interview with the Russian RT TV on Monday, al-Moallem said the Kurdish Syrians "want to have a form of set rules within the Syrian border, and this is negotiable."

Muslim hailed al-Moallem's remarks as "positive," saying his party has a project for a democratic federal system that he was ready to discuss with the government.

He said the project is not only a Kurdish one, but for all of Syria.

The PYD is a Kurdish democratic confederalist political party established on Sept. 20, 2003 in northern Syria.

[Source: Xinhua, Damascus, 27Sep17]

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