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Astana Talks' guarantors agree on list of representatives of civil society organizations for constitutional committee of Syria

Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Maan Salti
Publication date: 2018/12/18 13:09

Turkey - SMART

On Tuesday, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Astana Talks' guarantors agreed on the list of representatives by civil society organizations for the constitutional committee in Syria.

In a statement obtained by SMART, the Iranian Ministry said that the Russian president's envoy Alexander Lavrentiev, the Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign affairs Sedat Onal, and the Iranian Deputy Minister of Foreign affairs Husain Jabiri Ansari agreed on the list of representatives shortly before meeting with the ministers of foreign affairs for the countries participating in the Astana Talks.

Upon arriving at the Astana Talks, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif said, "We hope to reach a solution to the constitutional committee in Syria."

The United Nations' envoy to Syria, Staffan De Mistura, who will resign position at the end of 2018, has been trying to reach an agreement regarding the 150 participants in a new Syrian constitutional committee to reactivate the peace process in Syria since January 2018.

Earlier, several diplomats said that the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition submitted their lists of 50 members each to represent them in the Syrian constitutional committee, but the Astana Talks guarantors disagreed on the representatives of civil society organizations and other independent members for the committee.

The United States and Europe pressured De Mistura to choose the UN's list of 50 representatives in the constitutional committee, as the Syrian government refused any UN efforts to support the committee.