SOCHI CONFERENCE STARTS ON MONDAY




Şimal Çınar –TDO- The Syrian National Dialogue Congress which is organized by Russia and sponsored by the addition of Turkey and Iran will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday and Tuesday and the main objective of the congress is to launch the process of drafting of the new Syrian constitution and help reconstruction of Syria. The attendees consist the permanent members of the UN security council and the United Nations envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura with the addition of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia that will attend as observers and the vast majority of delegates are expected to favor Assad remaining in power. According to the report the first group of the attendees have arrived in Sochi earlier on Sunday and they were greeted with bread and salt which represents the friendship that lasts forever in Russian culture.

According to a statement that was made on Monday by the organizers of the event "Over 1,600 delegates representing all layers of the Syrian society are invited to attend the congress. In terms of ethnic makeup, the Arabs will form the majority of the delegates (94.5 percent), however the Kurds are also represented, as well as the Yezidis, the Assyrians, the Armenians, the Circassians, the Chechens, the Dagestanis, the Abkhazians, the Turkomans, and the Druze”.