U.N.’S De Mistura: Syrian Kurds Should Participate In Drafting New Constitution

U.N.’S De Mistura: Syrian Kurds Should Participate In Drafting New Constitution

 United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said the Syrian Kurds who are fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria must be allowed to participate in drafting the country’s new constitution.

The U.N. envoy told RIA news agency in an interview published on Tuesday (July 12) that the Syrian Kurds should not be ignored in the ongoing peace talks and efforts to find a solution to the 6-year-old crisis in Syria.

The United Nations has hosted two sets of technical talks on the constitution with the various Syrian opposition groups, in Lausanne, in recent weeks, Western diplomats say.

Syrian opposition groups have participated in the talks in Lausanne, according to Western diplomats.

The Syrian Kurds have established control over wide areas of northern Syria since the country erupted into civil war in 2011, and the People Protection Units (YPG) has become a major partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the ISIS.

Syria's war has killed at least a quarter of a million people and forced almost five million to flee the country, many of them to Turkey. The United Nations estimates that 6.5 million are internally displaced.