US opposed to unilateral Syrian federalism

The United States is opposed to any unilateral declarations of autonomous federal zones in Syria but would not be against federalism if the Syrian people chose it as part of a negotiated political settlement. State Department spokesman Mark Toner spelled out Washington’s position after the main Syrian Kurdish party said it would soon declare a federal region in the country’s north. The party said the region’s Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen would all be represented, calling it a model for the rest of the country. Both Turkey and the Syrian government are opposed to such a declaration, fearing that it could lead to the country’s partition.



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