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Syria Constitution Committee meeting stalled in Geneva

Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria of the UN and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in Brussels, Belgium on 13 March 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]
Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria of the UN and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in Brussels, Belgium on 13 March 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

The meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva, stalled on Tuesday, due to differences between the regime and opposition delegations on its agenda.

UN Special Representative for Syria Geir Pedersen’s spokesperson, Jenifer Fenton told reporters in Geneva: “The Special Envoy for Syria Mr. Geir O Pedersen met with the two Co-Chairs to discuss the agenda for the second session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee. The two Co-Chairs each submitted a proposal for the agenda and these were exchanged. There is not yet an agreement on the agenda and discussions are continuing.”

“Mr. Pedersen continues his consultations with the Co-Chairs, with the expectation of continuing the work with the Syrian Constitutional Small Body of 45 members. and hopes that the results of his consultations will lead to the continuation of the 45-member committee meetings,” she added.

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The Small Body of 45 members was scheduled to continue to meet in Geneva throughout the week.

Anadolu Agency reported that the co-chairs of the constitutional committee for the opposition, Hadi Al-Bahra and the regime Ahmad Al- Kuzbari have arrived at the UN headquarters earlier for further consultations.

Update 27 November 2019 at 09.45GMT quotes attributed to Jenifer Fenton were corrected as per the UN website

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