Pedersen said during the UN Security Council session on Tuesday: “There is good news… After eight months of intense negotiations with the co-chairs of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, I am pleased to inform you that an agreement has been reached on the methodology,” noting that “invitations have been sent to the session.” Sixth Committee.
He added, “We are still in the process of confirming the logistics, but the small group of the committee will meet in Geneva on October 18,” continuing: “The two co-chairs will be with me the day before to prepare for the meeting.”
For his part, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, said that his country expects to resume the work of the Constitutional Committee “as soon as possible,” adding that experiences from the previous period showed that “it is a mistake to surround the negotiations with artificial requirements.”
On Monday, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad confirmed, in an interview with the Russian “Sputnik” agency, that a new session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee would be held in mid-October.
Earlier, Pedersen announced, during a visit to Damascus, that he had reached an agreement with Miqdad on the basic terms of the next round of the constitutional committee, describing the talks as “very good.”
“We had very good and substantive discussions,” Pedersen said at a joint press conference with Mikdad at the time. He continued, “We discussed the economic and humanitarian challenges in Syria, the challenges related to livelihoods, and the efforts we can take to help improve this situation.”
It is noteworthy that the fifth round of constitutional committee talks was held between January 25 and 29, at the United Nations office in Geneva, but it did not result in a breach of the agreement on the constitutional contents as it was scheduled.