Talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran to discuss advancing stalled talks on a new constitution for war-torn Syria

Representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran met on Tuesday to discuss pushing forward the stalled talks on a new constitution for war-torn Syria.

The two-day talks are scheduled to take place in the Russian city of Sochi.

The Russian special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said that a “constructive atmosphere” and “a little momentum” was needed to help the constitutional committee out of its impasse.

The constitutional committee, made up of representatives of the government, the opposition and civil society, aims to pave the way for a political solution to the conflict, but little progress has been made so far.

The United Nations special envoy Geir Pedersen described the latest round of talks between the Syrian government and the opposition as disappointing, as part of work to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the concerned parties in Syria to reach a settlement without the interference of other countries.

More than 12 million people have been displaced by the devastating Syrian civil war that lasted nearly a decade. 

Hundreds of thousands have died, and Syrian President Bashar al Assad remains in power.

It is noteworthy that Turkey, Russia and Iran are the guarantors of the so-called Astana peace process, which was launched in Kazakhstan in January 2017 to end the Syrian war.

The heads of the three countries discussed the situation in Syria last time at a video conference in June.