Opposition spokesman Yehia al-Aridi: We will object to list of civil society representatives if unsuitable
Turkey - SMART
On Tuesday, the official spokesman of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), Yehia al-Aridi, said that if the representatives of Syrian civil society organizations to the constitutional committee are unsuitable, the HNC will object.
Later on Tuesday, the guarantor states of the Astana Talks, Russia, Turkey, and Iran met with the United Nations Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura in Geneva to discuss the suggested representatives for the constitutional committee agreed on last Monday.
Al-Aridi added in a statement that the HNC does not know all the suggested representatives, but said that if they are inappropriate, the HNC will refuse them.
Al-Aridi stated that Turkey chose the last list of suggested representatives that de Mistura was unable to create after discussions with the HNC, and that the Syrian government and the HNC presented their lists.
Al-Aridi refused to reveal how many people will represent Syrian civil society organizations in the constitutional committee, adding that things are changing and if the legal committee is not balanced, the HNC will object.
Al-Aridi said that the UN is likely to accept the suggested constitutional committee representatives.
Earlier, de Mistura suggested that the Syrian government nominate 50 representatives to the constitutional committee, the HNC 50 representatives, and the UN 50 representatives. The Syrian government rejected the UN's involvement in the committee.
De Mistura was pressured by the US and Europe to elect the 50 UN representatives, but the Syrian government continued to reject any UN involvement in the committee.