Switzerland: UN Constitutional Committee to start drafting Syrian constitution reform this week

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Published on 18 Oct 2021, 3:16
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The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has announced that the UN Constitutional Committee will begin drafting a Syrian constitutional reform this week, during a press conference held in Geneva on Sunday.
"The two co-chairs [of the Syrian Constitutional Committee] now agree that we will not only prepare for constitutional reform, but we will prepare and start drafting for constitutional reform. So the new thing this week is that we will actually be starting a drafting process for constitutional reform in Syria," confirmed Special Envoy for Syria Geir Otto Pedersen.
Pedersen's speech came following a meeting with the Syrian co-chairs, ahead of a week of talks regarding the drafting process.
The discussions will mark the sixth round of meetings in two years, and the first on the matter since January.

SOT, Geir Otto Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria: "The drafting committee has met five times, but after the fifth meeting in January this year, we concluded we are not making sufficient progress and we could not continue the way we had been working. Since then, for close to nine months, I have been negotiating between the parties, trying to establish a consensus on how we will move forward. I am glad to say we have reached a consensus. The two co-chairs [of the Syrian Constitutional Committee] now agree that we will not only prepare for constitutional reform, but we will prepare and start drafting for constitutional reform. So the new thing this week is that we will actually be starting a drafting process for constitutional reform. So the new thing this week is that we will actually be starting a drafting process for constitutional reform in Syria."

SOT, Geir Otto Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria: "I had the pleasure this morning to meet the co-chair nominated by the government and the co-chair nominated by the opposition. I also met with the so-called middle third society of 15 members. All very good meetings. And another very important meeting took place, and that was the first time that the two co-chairs, the one nominated by the government, and the other nominated by the opposition, was sitting down next to me having a frank discussion on how we are to proceed with the constitution reform and how we are planning for the week ahead of us."

SOT, Geir Otto Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria: "I think I would describe it as serious and frank and that they were committed to the principles we agreed on beforehand. I hope we are able to continue the meeting in the same spirit. Of course I will not pre-judge the outcome of the week ahead of us, we will start tomorrow and hopefully we will then be able to deliver what I believe we have promised on what we will deliver on."

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SOT, Geir Otto Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria: "Yes, I do believe there are clear principles that will be discussed. We have agreed we will have them on four titles. We will develop a draft constitution text that will be discussed throughout the week. Based on that understanding I do believe we will be able to make progress as I stated at the beginning."

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