Pederson: Do not expect a “miracle” from the discussions of the Syria Constitution Committee

The UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson, called for not to expect a “miracle” or “turning point” in the third round of negotiations of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which begins Monday in Geneva.

This came in a press conference held by Pederson on Friday, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on the third round of discussions of the committee concerned with drafting a new constitution for Syria.

Pedersen emphasized that the constitutional committee’s discussions were a “long and arduous process,” stressing that the committee’s negotiations would not constitute a solution to end the Syrian war.

However, if the committee negotiations were handled properly, this could open the door to a broader political process and help build confidence.

Pederson expressed confidence in the success of the two parties – the opposition and the Syrian government – through their representatives in the negotiations.

He explained that the meetings between the parties have been prepared, expressing his no objection to holding bilateral meetings in the event that the two sides so request.

He said that his primary goal is to build confidence between the parties, and that he is in constant contact with the opposition parties and the Syrian government.

The committee undertakes the task of drafting the Syrian constitution, which is a 150-member body divided equally between the opposition, the Syrian government and civil society organizations.

This will be the first meeting of the Constitutional Committee since its last session in Geneva from 25-29 November 2019, as the participants were unable to agree on an agenda for the meeting.

The opposition delegation is headed by Hadi al Bahra, the former head of the Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, and Ahmed al Kuzbari for the Syrian government.