MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Syrian PKK/PYD-Kurds ready for talks with Turkey if they leave Afrin: SDF

General Mazloum Kobani, the overall commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF,  – 9 April 2019 – QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The top military commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Kobani, says we are ready for talks with Turkey if they agree to leave Afrin and end its threats to Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), Hawar News Agency ANHA reported.

Kobani made the comments during a speech at a ceremony organized by the Democratic Autonomous Administration of northern Syria near the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani to celebrate the end of the Islamic State’s military defeat.

“The civil and military administration of northern and and eastern Syria is ready to open negotiations with Turkey only if they withdraw from the Afrin. which has been occupied by the Turkish army since March 2018.”

Kobani pointed out that the other condition includes the final abandonment of Turkey from the threat of Kurdish areas of northern and eastern Syria, and the national forces in Syria after that will work to bring peace in the phase following the stage of the elimination of Islamic State in the country.”

Kobani stressed at the same time that their forces have the right to defend their areas against any threat or attack that would undermine the security of Syria, especially the northern regions.Ankara continuously threatening to launch a new offensive against the Syrian Kurdish fighters as Turkey fears the creation of a Kurdish autonomous region or Kurdish state in Syrian Kurdistan could encourage separatism amongst its own Kurds, according to analysts.