U.S. rejects self-governed zones in Syria after Kurdish autonomy vote

by Reuters
Thursday, 17 March 2016 18:52 GMT

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department, responding to a Kurdish bid for autonomy in northern Syria, said it did not recognized self-governed zones inside the war-torn country and was working for a unified, nonsectarian state under different leadership.

"We don't support self-ruled, semi-autonomous zones inside Syria. We just don't," said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

"What we want to see is a unified, whole Syria that has in place a government that is not led by (President) Bashar al-Assad that is responsive to the Syrian people. Whole, unified, nonsectarian Syria, that's the goal," Kirby said, adding that other countries supported that aim as well.

(Reporting by David Alexander, editing by G Crosse)

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