On Tuesday, the Syrian Constitutional Committee finished its meetings for the second consecutive day at its sixth session, focusing on security and the military. The talks were held at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Today, during meetings between the three delegations, the constitutional text was discussed about the armed forces and security and intelligence agencies,” said Hadi al-Bahra, joint chairman of the Constitutional Committee.
“On the first day of the meetings, procedural issues were clearly agreed on for the constitutional committee’s work. These procedural agreements complemented the methodology for the committee’s work, which was reached between the two co-chairs and facilitated by Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria,” Bahra said.
“The agreement on these points provided an opportunity to start the sixth session of the meetings of the sub-committee for the Constitutional Committee on sound footing. The agreement allows the committee to move forward from the stage of open constitutional debates and begin the process of drafting Syria’s new constitution,” he said.
“In the coming days, talks will focus on drafting principles related to the rule of law and the fight against terrorism and extremism,” Bahra said.
Bahra concluded that the Syrian people “look forward to the committee achieving its objectives as soon as possible; doing so will provide a pathway for reaching a political solution which can, in turn, lead to the full and strict implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.”
The sixth round of talks — which includes representatives from the opposition, the Assad regime, and civil society — began on Monday (October 18th). The meetings are scheduled to discuss the most prominent common issues presented by the conference in previous sessions. This intends to achieve progress towards an integrated political transition in Syria, based on decisions made by the UN Security Council.
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