First session of Syrian Constitutional Committee launched in Geneva

Orient Net 2019-10-30 07:14:00

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Assad regime and the members of the Syrian High Commission for Negations sat down at the same table for the first time to work on a new constitution.

At noon Wednesday, 150 delegates including 50 each from the Assad regime, opposition and civil society will launch the UN-brokered talks in Geneva.

Russia and Iran, the allies of the regime, and Turkey, which backs the opposition, see the Constitutional Committee as a chance to build trust and to move towards a broader political process that could end the conflict.

"We urge the sides to reach agreement," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference Tuesday evening at the Swiss UN seat, after meeting his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, as well as UN Syria envoy Geir Pedersen.