Agreement to start drafting a new constitution


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The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen confirmed that the Syrian Joint Committee agreed to draft a new constitution, and the committee consists of the government, the opposition and civil society, and he is counting on it to try to contribute to solving the Syrian crisis.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said today, Sunday (October 17, 2021) that the Syrian Joint Constitutional Committee, which includes the government and the opposition, agreed to start the process of drafting a new constitution in the country.
Fifteen people representing the regime, 15 representing the opposition and 15 from civil society participate in it. After that, this small committee submits a report to an expanded committee that includes 150 members, fifty members from each of the three parties.
After he met the co-chairs together for the first time before week-long talks, Pedersen added that they had agreed to “be ready to begin drafting constitutional reforms.” He told reporters in Geneva that the talks, in their sixth round in two years and the first since January, would discuss “clear principles”, without giving details.
Ahmed Kuzbari is heading the Damascus delegation and Hadi al-Bahra is the opposition delegation. Negotiations on the constitution between the two parties will resume under the auspices of the United Nations as of Monday and are scheduled to continue throughout the next week.
Western diplomats say Russia has pushed Damascus in recent weeks to show flexibility in the talks, and Pedersen has visited Moscow twice in recent months.
Pedersen said today, “The Syrian Joint Committee for the Constitution represents an important contribution to the political process, but the committee by itself will not be able to resolve the political crisis.”


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