Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- The Syrian government, opposition and civil society representatives started the fifth round of the “Constitutional Committee” meetings in Geneva on Monday (25 January) intending to revising the constitution of the war-torn country.
Recently the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen had told the U.N. Security Council that many subjects had been discussed for more than a year and that now the time had come for better organized and more focused committee meetings aiming at drafting a constitution as it is mandated to do.
The United States and several Western allies have blamed Syrian President Assad of purposely slowing down the drafting of a new constitution to waste time until presidential elections are organised this year and avoid U.N.-supervised voting as called for by the U.N. Security Council.
Syrian presidential elections are planned to take place between April 16 and May 16, at least 90 days before Assad’s seven-year term expires. Assad has been in office since 2000.