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UN: Launch of Syrian Constitutional Committee a sign of hope - special envoy

0 23.11.2019 Инфо

W/S UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen taking seat, New York City
SOT, Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "On the 30th October 150 Syrian men and women gathered in Geneva to launch a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible, balanced and inclusive Constitutional Committee, facilitated by the United Nations. There were 50 members nominated by the government of the Syrian Arab Republic, 50 members nominated by the opposition Syrian Negotiations Commission and 50 civil society activists, experts and other independents from inside and outside of Syria in the so called 'middle third'."
M/S UK Representative *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "This was a potentially historic moment. It brought Syrians together in one room, within the formal political process mandated by this Council for the first face-to-face talks in five years, for the first time ever following a political agreement between the government and opposition, and for the first time ever with civil society presence."
M/S Russian Representative *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "This launch was a sign of hope for the Syrian people and a chance for the Syrian parties to begin a direct dialogue that they lead and own on the future of a broken country. It opened a door to a political effort to overcome nearly nine years of conflict, and chart a path to a new day for Syria in accordance with Security Council resolution 2254 which has all the elements required for a political settlement."
M/S French Representative *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "It would be too early to say there is agreement on constitutional principles. Nor is there yet agreement on which issues should be addressed in the future constitutional text and which should be addressed in other ways. But there was a solid initial discussion and there are commonalities on which to build. I urge the members during the recess to reflect on what was discussed and return ready to build on it."
M/S US Representative *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria: "It is my firm hope that with the Constitutional Committee as a door opener, the government and the opposition will be able in time to establish a relationship, violence will abate, and conditions on the ground will change. And a comprehensive and decisive solution will finally emerge for the benefit of all Syrians. The Syrian parties who are leading and owning this process must seize the opportunity that the launch of the Committee offers, and they and all of us must build around it a mutually reinforcing dynamic for the sake of the Syrian people."
W/S Security Council meeting
SCRIPT
The UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said the launch of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva was a sign of hope for the people of the country. Pedersen was speaking at the Security Council in New York City on Friday.
"This was a potentially historic moment. It brought Syrians together in one room, within the formal political process mandated by this Council for the first face-to-face talks in five years, for the first time ever following a political agreement between the government and opposition, and for the first time ever with civil society presence," said Pedersen.
The UN envoy warned that it was too early to say there was agreement among the members of the newly-created committee.
"But there was a solid initial discussion and there are commonalities on which to build. I urge the members during the recess to reflect on what was discussed and return ready to build on it," 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.