The UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, announced this Sunday that representatives of the Syrian government and opposition will work together in the coming days on the text of a new constitution.
The initiative to draw up a new constitution for Syria was launched two years ago, but the previous five meetings without UN mediation have not achieved concrete results.
“The novelty this week is that we are going to begin the process to prepare a draft for the constitutional reform,” Pedersen explained at a press conference.
The UN representative stressed that the contacts he has maintained with both parties this Sunday have been “serious and frank.” However, he has recognized that the negotiation of a new constitution by itself “will not be able to solve the Syrian crisis.”
At the Geneva talks there are 15 representatives from the government, 15 from the opposition and 15 from Syrian civil society. The contacts will last until the end of the week.
The opposition has accused the Government of Damascus of withdrawing from the negotiations for constitutional reform, which began in 2019, as a consequence of the position of force that it is given to control around 70 percent of the country’s territory after ten years of war.
President Bashar al Assad himself was reelected this year for a new presidential term in elections considered illegitimate by much of the international community.