US News Syria: the UN envoy hopes for "progress" on the eve of new talks

01:25  30 november  2020
01:25  30 november  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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A UN envoy Sunday pushed for progress on the eve of the latest round of talks in Geneva towards revising Syria 's constitution and winding down the country's nine-year-old civil war. "We want to see progress ," Geir Pedersen, the UN special envoy for Syria , told reporters during a virtual news

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The UN envoy for Syria said he hoped Sunday for "progress "on the eve of the fourth round of negotiations in Geneva on a revision of the constitution with a view to a political settlement in this country at war.

"We want to see progress," Geir Pedersen said at an online press conference from Geneva.

The 45-person constitutional committee - who equally represent the Damascus government, the opposition and civil society - is due to meet Monday for the fourth time since October without any major progress made so far.

Pedersen said he hoped for "in-depth discussions" for a new round of talks scheduled for January focused on "constitutional principles".

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UN Photo/Violaine Martin. UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen chairs the first The UN chief also welcomed the fact that women’s representation on the committee was “very near 30 From the opposition, Committee Co-Chair, Hadi Albahra, underscored his delegation’s desire for progress in

He said he made several diplomatic visits before the Monday negotiations, including to senior officials in Tehran and Moscow, allies of the Damascus regime, as well as to Ankara, which supports the rebels.

It is "important that we have clear international support for the work we do", he stressed.

Responsible for revising the 2012 Constitution, the Constitutional Committee was created in September 2019 and met for the first time a month later.

Deep disagreements between the main protagonists but also the Covid-19 pandemic slowed the pace of the meetings.

At the end of August, the discussions had ended without concrete result, but Mr. Pedersen had expressed "points in common" between the various members of the committee.

The revision of the Constitution appears in resolution 2254, adopted in December 2015 by the Security Council, which also provides for the organization of elections under the supervision of the United Nations.

The UN hopes that this process will pave the way for an end to the conflict which has killed more than 380,000 people since 2011.

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