United States gives Staffan de Mistura time extension to nominate Constitutional Committee members
Turkey - SMART
On Tuesday, Yahya al-'Aridi, the spokesperson for the High Negotiations Committee of the Riyadh 2 Conference, stated that the United States gave the United Nations Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura an extension until the end of October to nominate the 50 members that will make up a third of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.
Al-'Aridi stated that de Mistura's deadline to select members for his third of the constitutional committe is at the end of October. The Syrian government has not yet formed a committee, indicating that they are not interested in a political settlement, according to al-'Aridi, who added, "The ball is now in the court of Russia, the prominent supporter of the Syrian government."
Al-'Aridi said that the members of the Constitutional Committee, which is linked to the Negotiations Committee, held meetings in Riyadh to choose which members should proposes which articles in the constitution, and who should prepare the agenda and regulate the work of the committee.
Al-'Aridi noted that the Constitutional Committee has 150 members. One third of the members are oppositionist, one third is from the Syrian government, and the last third is chosen by de Mistura. De Mistura's third is made up of civilians, neutral people, and technicians. Fifteen of these will be elected to write the constitution.
On July 7, 2018, the head of the Negotiations Committee tweeted that they handed the list of nominees for the Constitutional Committee to de Mistura.
On June 8, 2018, de Mistura handed the list of the Syrian government nominees for the Constitutional Committee to the High Negotiations Committee.
Earlier, de Mistura called upon the UN Security Council to advice on how to write the constitution and organize new elections in Syria in order to reach a political solution.