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Foreign Minister Walid Muallem

Damascus ready to discuss autonomy for Syria Kurds: minister

DAMASCUS: The Syrian government is ready to discuss autonomy for the country's Kurds, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said, the first time Damascus has openly accepted such a possibility. Muallem renewed his opposition however to an independence referendum held by Kurds in neighbouring Iraq on Monday. State news agency SANA quoted Walid Muallem telling Russia Today on Monday night that Syria's Kurds "want a form of autonomy within the framework of the borders of the state." "This is negotiable and can be…