March 19, 2019 / 7:53 AM / in 2 months

Syrian Kurds accuse Assad of policy of 'oppression and violence'

FILE PHOTO: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during a meeting with heads of local councils, in Damascus, Syria in this handout released by SANA on February 17, 2019. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government’s threat to recover the Kurdish-led region of northern Syria through force unless it submits to state rule shows Damascus is determined to pursue a policy of “oppression and violence”, the Kurdish-led administration said.

The threat was made by Syria’s defence minister at a news conference on Monday alongside his Iranian and Iraqi counterparts. The U.S.-allied Kurdish-led administration said the statements showed Damascus wanted to “avoid peaceful, democratic solutions” to the Syrian conflict.

Writing by Tom Perry, editing by Louise Heavens

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