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Syrian Constitution meetings kicked off in Geneva

by Daily Sabah

The sixth round of the Syrian Constitutional Committee meetings at the United Nations Geneva office began Monday under the chairpersonship of the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen after the Syrian opposition and the government representatives of the Syrian Constitutional Committee Sunday agreed to launch a drafting process for constitutional reform in the country.

The members of the “Middle Third” of the constitutional committee, consisting of 15 members apiece from the Bashar Assad regime, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the Syrian opposition, came together again in Geneva early in the morning after a nearly nine-month hiatus.

Before the committee started its first day sessions, the parties presented their proposals to the U.N. regarding the basic principles of a new constitution that will determine the future of Syria.

The main agenda of the sixth round meetings was determined as “the drafting of the new Syrian constitution.”

The Syrian Constitutional Committee has agreed to start drafting a new constitution, Pedersen announced Sunday.

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