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UN: 'I want to see steady progress' - special envoy on Syrian Constitutional Committee

0 23.11.2019 Инфо

W/S UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen taking to podium, New York City
SOT, Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "I think one of the key challenges, of course, after nearly nine years of conflict is what I call the deep divisions within the Syrian society. And we need a political process that can heal the wounds in the Syrian society. And we have quite a few ideas on how we can move forward on this. And I discussed that with the council. I am discussing it when I am in Damascus. I am discussing it with the opposition and, of course, with the broader international community. Hopefully, we will be able to see that steps will be taken in this process."
W/S Pederson listening to question *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "I would have been very surprised if the parties at this stage of the Constitutional Committee did not promote their primary views. They are their principle positions. These are very very early days. We had a good discussion where we went nearly through all issues of relevance to the Constitutional Committee. There were some views I think that they actually agreed upon. And then, of course, there were deep divisions on key issues."
W/S Pederson listening to question *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "This discussion about reconstruction and the political process is a well-known position from the Americans and from the Europeans. And they have repeated that today but at the same time, I also noticed that they are emphasising that if there is progress on political progress they are willing to engage. That's what I want to emphasise. And that's what I want to work on."
W/S Pederson listening to question *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "I will not sort of establish benchmarks of what I want to happen this week and the next week. But what I want to see is steady progress. And I hope to be able to report on that, as I said to the Security Council also in the future."
W/S Pederson listening to question *CUTAWAY*
SCRIPT
The UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen said he would like to see steady progress in the work of the the Syrian Constitutional Committee which was launched in Geneva. Pedersen spoke to journalists after briefing the Security Council in New York City on Friday.
These are very very early days. We had a good discussion where we went nearly through all issues of relevance to the Constitutional Committee. There were some views I think that they actually agreed upon. And then, of course, there were deep divisions on key issues," said Pedersen,
The Syrian Constitutional Committee tasked with drafting the constitution met for the first time on October 30 in Geneva. It is made up of 150 Syrian delegates representing the government, the opposition and civil society.