Iran offers to mediate in Turkey-Kurd border conflict

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Iran offered to engage Syrian Kurds, Syria’s government and Turkey in talks to establish security along the Turkish-Syrian border.

In making the mediation offer, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to a 21-year-old security accord that required Damascus to stop harbouring Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels. The PKK has waged a decades-long armed campaign for autonomy in Turkey.

Turkey has said that the decades-old pact was never implemented.

“The Adana Agreement between Turkey and Syria – still valid – can be the better path to achieve security,” Zarif said in a post on Twitter. “Iran can help bring together the Syrian Kurds, the Syrian Govt and Turkey so that the Syrian Army together with Turkey can guard the border,” he added.

Al jazeera

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