Syriac Union Party Co-Chair Sanharib Barsoum: Syrian regime aims to create rift between peoples of North and East Syria

ZALIN, Syria — With the Syrian war approaching its 10th year, the Syrian regime is still clinging to the same mentality of suppressing and excluding other political actors and refusing to accept a new status quo, said Co-Chair of the Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria Sanharib Barsoum in a statement on Monday.

“The Syrian regime has been striking the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) in North and East Syria since its establishment and their joint meetings have failed due to the regime’s refusal to concede anything to achieve a political solution in Syria,” Barsoum stated. “This is the same reasons for the failure of Constitutional Committee negotiations in Geneva.”

Barsoum added that the regime’s obstruction of the Constitutional Committee’s work reflects its intention to restore control over all Syrian territory without instituting any reforms, even without adhering to the U.N. Security Council Resolution No. 2254.

Regarding the pro-regime demonstrations that took place in the cities of Zalin (Qamishli) and Hasakah that resulted in clashes between regime militias and the Internal Security Forces of North and East Syria, Barsoum declared that the regime deliberately incited some people in North and East Syria against the DAA with the aim of creating an internal rift between the peoples of the region in coordination with Iranian and Turkish intelligence.

In response to the Syrian regime’s practices, the DAA security and military forces have besieged the Syrian regime positions, with the aim of removing them from the cities as they are seeking to destabilize the region.

“When the DAA besieged the regime’s security square, it did not target the people of the region, as the regime claims, but rather targeted the security forces that exploit the people to cause chaos in the region,” Barsoum added.

Barsoum called on all peoples of the region not to be dragged into the strife that the regime seeks to create within society to undermine coexistence, which is considered a basic principle of the DAA in North and East Syria.