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Agreement on Syrian Constitutional Committee launched - UN Chief

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António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, announces the agreement between the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Syrian Negotiations Commission on the launch of the Syrian Constitutional Committee that will be facilitated by United Nations in Geneva.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday (23 Sep) announced an agreement of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Syrian Negotiations Commission for a credible, balanced and inclusive Constitutional Committee to be facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva.
Welcoming progress made by the Government and the opposition, Guterres said, “I strongly believe that the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee can and must be the beginning of the political path out of the tragedy toward a solution in line with resolution 2254 (2015) that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Syrians and is based on a strong commitment to the country’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.”
Resolution 2254 (2015) was adopted by the Security Council on 18 December 2015 Among other provisions, it established a sequence and timeline for a political transition, including negotiations on the establishment of a credible, inclusive, non-sectarian governance and a process and timeline for drafting a new constitution. It also called for free and fair elections, including the diaspora, pursuant to the new constitution and held under UN supervision.
The Secretary-General said, “The Constitutional Committee’s launch and work must be accompanied by concrete actions to build trust and confidence as my Special Envoy discharges his mandate to facilitate a broader political process forward.”
He hailed the diplomatic engagement of the Governments of Russia, Turkey and Iran in supporting the conclusion of the agreement and expressed gratitude to the members of the Security Council and members of the ‘Small Group’ as well as the contributions the Special Envoy received from a wide cross-section of Syrian society, from both women and men.
Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen of Norway, who facilitated the agreement in accordance with Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), will convene the Constitutional Committee in the coming weeks.
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