UN: Launch of Syrian Constitutional Committee a sign of hope — special envoy

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said the launch of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva was a sign of hope for the people of the country. Pedersen was speaking at the Security Council in New York City on Friday. «This was a potentially historic moment. It brought Syrians together in one room, within the formal political process mandated by this Council for the first face-to... Еще-face talks in five years, for the first time ever following a political agreement between the government and opposition, and for the first time ever with civil society presence,» said Pedersen. The UN envoy warned that it was too early to say there was agreement among the members of the newly-created committee. «But there was a solid initial discussion and there are commonalities on which to build. I urge the members during the recess to reflect on what was discussed and return ready to build on it,» said Pedersen. The Syrian Constitutional Committee tasked with drafting the constitution met for the first time on October 30 in Geneva. It is made up of 150 Syrian delegates representing the government, the opposition and civil society. Mandatory Credit: UNIFEED-UNTV

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