We would not accept a constitution that will be approved without Kurds, says official
Abdul Karim Omer, head of the northern Syria administration's foreign relations commission, said they would not accept a constitution that did not include the Kurds.

Abdul Karim Omer, head of the Foreign Relations Commission of the North and East Syrian Autonomous Administration, told Mesopotamia News Agency that the meeting of the Constitutional Committee, which does not include all Syrians, would not yield any results. He also expressed concern about the repetition of the agreement that reached on Afrin, a Kurdish city in northern Syria which is currently under the control of Turkey-backed rebels.
"The sixth round of the Syrian Constitutional Committee meetings is under way, but this meeting will not be different from other meetings, because the constitution is not drafted in this way; First of all, an agreement had to be reached between the parties in the different parts of Syria. Achieving consensus between various groups is essential for the future of Syria. For example, what is the situation of the Syrian government supposed to be like? Republic or a parliamentary system; A centralized or decentralized system? An agreement must first be reached on this issue. So what is being drafted is not a draft constitution,"  the official added, referring to the remarks made by UN Special Envoy for Syria Gird Pederson, calling the remarks baseless.
Omer revealed that no representative from the Kurds nor from the governorate of northern and eastern Syria was present at the talks, adding that they would not accept a constitution in which they did not participate. He underlined: "The new constitution, which was drafted without the presence of a representative from 5 million people, is ineffective."
Referring to UN Security Council Resolution 2254 on Syria, Mr. Omer said: "The Constitutional Committee was established by UN Security Council Resolution 2254. When this decision was made, what they called the Syrian opposition was strong and they controlled 60-70% of Syria. But there is no such thing at the moment. That is why UN Resolution 2254 on Syria is also controversial, and no new results will be achieved in the new negotiations. However, if this committee is reviewed and covers the whole of Syria, then a more realistic final result may be achieved."
Pointing to recent threats by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attack northern and eastern Syria, Omer also expressed concern about the repetition of the Afrin incident in northern Syria.
"The agreement reached that day between Russia and Turkey destabilized the region and exacerbated the Syrian crisis. If this agreement is repeated, the ground will be prepared for the ISIS revival."
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