Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, had a meeting with foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria to Meet with Foreign Ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran


Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria Geir Pedersen will meet in Geneva with the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran.  He announced this at a press conference on Monday.

“On Tuesday evening I will meet with the foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Russia,” Pedersen said. “This morning I met with envoys of the European Union, and on Friday I met with representatives of the so-called” small group “- the United States, Britain, France,  Germany, Jordan, Egypt and Sadovia. ”  The UN emissary praised their support for UN activities and the future work of the Constitutional Committee.

As the special envoy emphasized, a significant process of political settlement is needed to solve the Syrian problem.  “We believe that the ongoing clashes are another proof of the need for a serious political process that would help solve problems everywhere in Syria, including the north-east of the country and Idlib,” said Pedersen.  He did not hide the fact that the fighting in the north-east of the country and Idlib “creates problems for the committee.”  In this regard, the emissary called for a ceasefire.

The official ceremony in connection with the commencement of the work of the committee will take place in the Geneva Palace of Nations at noon  on October 30.  “The work of the Committee will officially start at the Palais des Nations on October 30 at 12:00,” he said.  “At this meeting, I will deliver a speech, as well as two co-chairs Ahmed Kuzbari from the government and Hadi al-Bahra from the opposition,” the UN emissary added.

According to him, “it is expected that then 150 members of the Committee will begin their discussions.”  After that, the “editorial group” of 45 people will start work.  According to Pedersen, it has not yet been decided how long the initial phase of work will last.  He made it clear that we are talking about one, two or three weeks.  In general, the Constitutional Committee does not have any time limits.

The Constitutional Committee, formed in accordance with the resolution adopted on January 31, 2018 in Sochi by the Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue, included 150 people (50 delegates from Damascus, the opposition and civil societies).  Each group should appoint 15 experts to participate in the meetings of the “drafting committee”, which will be held in Geneva behind closed doors.

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