Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Walid Al-Moallem and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria, Nader Pedersen, reviewed “the continuous efforts to make progress in the political process to resolve the crisis in Syria and complete the consultations on the political process, including the Constitutional Review Committee.”
Since Saturday, Pederson has been visiting Damascus, the third of his kind since taking office in January, as part of his mission to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis that has been going on for more than eight years.
“During the meeting we reviewed the continued efforts to make progress on the political track to resolve the crisis in Syria and complete the consultations on the political process, including the committee to discuss the constitution,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants said in a brief statement.
The statement, which was broadcast by the SANA news agency, said that Al-Muallem listened to a presentation by the Special Envoy on the activities he had carried out since his last visit to Damascus last month.
The statement pointed out that the meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Faisal Meqdad, Assistant Minister Ayman Sousan and Director of the Department of the Special Office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Mohammed Al-Omrani.
“We have had detailed and important discussions, and we will continue the discussion this afternoon,” Biderson told reporters in front of his residence in a Damascus hotel after meeting with the teacher, according to the news agencies, referring to another meeting he was scheduled to hold with Syrian officials yesterday.
“It’s fair to say that we are now addressing all the issues … and they are all on the table,” Pederson said. While Al Watan was unable to communicate with an official source to find out the results of the Pederson talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, a diplomatic source in the UN mission refused to talk to al-Watan about the outcome of the talks.
Apart from the Russian statements and the expectations that preceded the visit of Pedersen that the formation of the Committee to discuss the Syrian Constitution is “almost completed,” the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and the statements of the UN envoy that the negotiations for the formation is still ongoing.
It was agreed to form a committee to discuss the current Syrian constitution at the Syrian dialogue conference held in Sochi on January 30 last year, to be formed by representatives of the government, opposition and civil society.
The Committee will consist of three lists of 150 persons, a list of 50 persons from the Government, a list of 50 persons from opposition and a list of 50 representatives of civil society.
The formation of the committee faced many obstacles, including the lack of agreement on the list of «civil society», where the former UN envoy Stephane de Mistura insisted that he had the right to choose representatives of this list, which was rejected by the Syrian government because that is outside the mandate of the UN envoy.
According to media reports yesterday that if Pederson completed the formation of the Committee to discuss the Constitution, this is expected to be confirmed at the meeting of representatives of the Guarantor States of the Astana (Russia, Iran and Turkey) scheduled on 25 this month, To suggest that the Geneva process and United Nations sponsorship remain central to the Syrian political process.