U.N. Meeting on New Syrian Constitution Set for Next Month


The UN peace envoy for Syria will host Iran, Russia and Turkey for talks on drafting a new Syrian constitution on September 11-12, a United Nations spokeswoman said Friday. 

Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has been tasked with setting up a committee to write a new constitution for the war-ravaged country. 

The main foreign powers backing the project are Syrian government allies Russia and Iran, as well as Turkey, which supports some opposition groups. 

Representatives of the three nations will meet de Mistura over two days at the UN's European headquarters in Geneva, spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci told reporters. 

De Mistura has said he wants to have the constitutional committee in place before world leaders meet at the General Assembly in New York in late September. 

That will likely require further talks, including with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, but Vellucci said she had no details of additional meetings next month. 

De Mistura's previous efforts to negotiate an end to the Syrian conflict have achieved no breakthroughs. 

More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Comments 5
Thumb roflmfao 24 August 2018, 15:26

When Bashar Assad heard about this he was quoted as saying: "Wonderful, I cannot wait to watch this... all popcorn's on me!"

Thumb chrisrushlau 24 August 2018, 16:35

This is a typo, sorry. Naharnet and AFP meant to say "Lebanese Constitution".
The Lebanese and the Syrians are the only two races on earth that do not believe in writing their own constitutions.

Thumb whyaskwhy 24 August 2018, 21:15

Im sure you meant that cannot manage their constitution Orange Crush...

Thumb whyaskwhy 24 August 2018, 16:35

Russia's turn at creating constitutions for failed dictatorships lol. In many aspects most people hope that this would fair well for the average Syrian who will be able to return to civility and hopefully a better life. But realistically speaking here with the ongoing influence of Iran, the GCC and Turkey in the region what is the likelihood of that happening?

Thumb s.o.s 24 August 2018, 18:29

للنشر فورا على كل المجموعات والدخول للرابط والتصويت ب No كلا على بقاء بشار الاسد في السلطة باستبيان تجريه جريدة اللوفغارو الفرنسية
الموضوع مهم بالنسبة للثورة حيث يؤثر ذلك على الشارع الفرنسي