“SYRIAN WARRING SIDES AGREED TO GENEVA CONSTITUTION TALKS,” UN ENVOY SAYS


20/05/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy to Syria confirmed that the warring sides have expressed their decision to restart the stalled constitution talks in Geneva. Pedersen has announced with great pleasure that the representatives of opposing sides in Syria’s armed conflict have agreed to reconvene in Geneva for stalled negotiations on the constitution. “As soon as the pandemic situation allows, they have agreed to come to Geneva and they have agreed on an agenda for the next meeting,” he told reporters. The envoy did not give a date and said that a virtual meeting of the constitutional committee would not be possible.

Pedersen also repeated his call for key international actors, including the United States and Russia, to hold talks about a push for peace. Pedersen said Iran, an ally of the Syrian government and Turkey, an opposition backer are also key players in the conflict. Russia's permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva said on Tuesday that Moscow supports the Pedersen’s intention to reconvene the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva once the COVID-19 pandemic recedes.

“There have been too many fleeting opportunities to move from conflict to a political path that were lost, and those missed moments were followed by renewed violence and a hardening of positions among regional and international actors,” Pedersen said, adding that this pattern should not be repeated. Since the start of the Syrian conflict, there have been 12 rounds of peace talks in Kazakhstan and eight rounds of Geneva conferences but no conclusion has been reached.


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