UN says Syrian structure negotiations a ‘big disappointment’

Syrian delegations have didn’t agree on new structure provisions, and no new date is ready for the following talks.

Beirut, Lebanon – The sixth spherical of talks between the Syrian authorities, opposition, and civil society teams over constitutional reforms has didn’t make any significant progress, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen stated.

“I think it’s fair to say the discussion today was a big disappointment,” Pedersen stated at a quick information convention on Friday.

“We did not manage to achieve [what] we had hoped to achieve – that we would have a good discussion to reach forward on some kind of consensus.”

This week’s spherical of the Syrian Constitutional Committee talks, the primary since final January, was presupposed to be a serious breakthrough after delegations agreed to begin drafting constitutional ideas.

They have been in a position to agree on allocating constitutional provisions to completely different events, however couldn’t reach a consensus on any of them throughout Friday’s discussions. The talks have been “businesslike, frank and open”, the UN official stated.

The drafting committee consists of 45 members from the Syrian authorities, opposition, and civil society.

The delegations agreed to activity the Syrian authorities with dealing with provisions associated to “sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic” and “terrorism and extremism”.

The opposition delegation took on duty for drafting constitutional textual content associated to “the army, armed forces, security, and the intelligence”, whereas the civil society delegation would draft textual content on “the rule of law”.

Pedersen stated the federal government delegation determined to not current any new textual content, whereas the opposition teams solely responded to draft texts from the federal government and civil society.

“We lacked a proper understanding on how to move that process forward,” he stated, including that there must be extra belief and political will.

The events concerned haven’t agreed on the date for the seventh spherical of discussions.

“We concluded that we were not making sufficient progress, and that we could not continue the way we have been working,” Pedersen stated on Sunday earlier than talks resumed for the primary time since January.

“Since then, close to nine months, I’ve been negotiating between the parties, trying to establish a consensus on how we are going to move forward.”

In January 2018, on the Russia-hosted Syrian peace convention in Sochi, an settlement was reached to kind a 150-member committee to draft a brand new structure by September 2019, equally represented by the Syrian authorities, political opposition, and civil society.

A smaller committee of 45 people of that very same cohort is tasked with negotiating and drafting the brand new constitutional provisions.

Syria’s conflict has killed about 500,000 folks over the previous 10 years, and began in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests. It later changed into a posh battlefield involving overseas armies, native militias and overseas fighters.


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