Kirby says US is against Kurdish autonomy in Syria

US opposes Kurdish autonomy in Syria and sides with whole unified non-sectarian Syria, US State Department spokesman John Kirby says

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State Department Spokesman John Kirby speaks during the daily briefing at the State Department on January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The US does not want an autonomous regions for Kurds in Syria and it would like a unified non-sectarian Syria, the US State Department spokesman said on Friday.

“If you're asking me, do we support some sort of semi-autonomous areas for the Kurds, the answer is ‘no’. We support a whole unified non-sectarian Syria. It's right there in black and white,” spokesman John Kirby said.

Kirby stated that his country’s position is clear on the issue.

Turkey consistently warned US authorities on Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, which desire a federalist state in northern Syria’s future.

Syrian Kurdish forces, YPG, is the armed wing of PYD, which is considered by Turkey as the Syrian extension of PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU.

With the help of Russian air strikes, YPG militants have recently advanced in opposition-held areas in northern Syria, despite warnings made by Turkey and other allies to stop.

Last month, The United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said that Britain was uneasy after evidence was found that indicated PYD had links with Assad regime and Russian forces in Syria.

Kirby says Assad has slim to none chance to stay in power

In regard to reports that the majority of Syrians want Assad regime to stay in power, the spokesman indicated that if Syrians hold an election in the future, Assad will have a slim to none chance of staying in power.

“I think everybody realises that if all of Syrians, diaspora as well to vote, there's very little chance that Mr Assad is going to be able to stay in power,” he said.

TRTWorld and agencies