Syria Kurds declare federal region in north
March 17, Damascus: The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and several allied groups have voted to create an autonomous federation in the northern part of Syria, media reports said.
Officials of the PYD claimed autonomy in the Kurdish-controlled areas on Thursday after two days of meetings with delegates of different communities in the country's north, Al Jazeera reported.
Representatives of the Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian communities and other ethnic groups met in the town of Rmeilan in Hassakeh province to discuss combining three Kurdish-led autonomous areas into a federal system.
Both the Syrian government and one of the main opposition blocs have rejected the move.
The Syrian foreign ministry issued a statement "warning anyone who dares to undermine the unity of the land and the people of Syria under any title," adding: "Creating a union or a federal system ... contradicts the Syrian constitution and all the national concepts and international resolutions."
The newly declared region, named by Kurds as Rojava, consists of three distinct enclaves, or cantons, under Kurdish control in northern Syria, report said.
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