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UN mediator to head commission to draft new Syria constitution

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura

United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura will head a new constitutional commission that will be set up at a peace conference in Russia this week, the Interfax news agency reported today, citing official documents.

Russia is hosting a two-day Syrian Congress of National Dialogue in the Black Sea resort of Sochi today and tomorrow which it hopes will launch talks on drafting a new constitution for Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed preparations for the Syria peace congress with Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a phone call on Saturday, the Russian foreign ministry said yesterday.

On Friday, the Syrian opposition declared it would not attend the meeting.

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