The United Nations envoy to Syria plans to go to Damascus soon and express his disappointment after the talks on drafting the constitution failed

The United Nations special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, said on Friday that he intends to go to Damascus soon for talks after the Syrian Constitutional Committee failed to start drafting a new charter at its last week-long session.

The 45-member committee that includes representatives of the government, the opposition and civil society has a mandate to draft a new constitution that leads to elections under the auspices of the United Nations. 

This week, the committee held its fifth session in Geneva since October 2019.

“I informed the 45 members of the Constitutional Drafting Assembly that we cannot continue like this, and that the week was disappointing… We cannot continue the meetings unless we change that,” Pedersen said at a press conference.