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Syrian gov't rejects UN-led constitutional committee
From:Xinhua  |  2018-02-13 23:38

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DAMASCUS, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government said Tuesdayit rejects any formation of a constitutional committee by the UNout of the context of the Syrian talks in Sochi held last month,according to state news agency SANA.

In a press briefing Tuesday, Ayman Soussan, an assistant ofSyria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, made it clear that hisgovernment is committed to the outcome of last month's Sochi talks,which agreed on the formation of a constitutional committee fromthe participants in the Sochi talks in particular.

He noted that Syria is not bound to the efforts of the UN envoyto Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to have a role in forming thecommittee outside of the Sochi agreement.

He even said that the Sochi meeting hasn't given de Mistura anyauthority at all in terms of the guardianship of the constitutionalcommittee.

"As for the constitutional committee that has been identified inSochi in terms of its tasks, mandate, and members who should befrom the participants in the Sochi conference, and thus we are notconcerned and have nothing to do with any other committee that isnot Syrian led or constituted," he said.

Last month, a committee was formed at the Syrian peace talksheld in Russia's Sochi, with an aim to discuss revision of thecurrent Syrian constitution. The committee is formed by 150government loyalists and opposition figures attending the SyrianNational Dialogue and they will be tasked with discussingamendments to the current Syrian constitution, not forming a newone. Enditem