Russia, Iran and Turkey Are Close To Reach A Deal on New Syria Constitutional Body

A diplomat stated on Monday that Iran, Russia, and Turkey are close to reaching an accord on the configuration of a Syrian constitutional committee that would prepare the way for devising a new charter that would be followed by elections.

On Tuesday the foreign ministers of the three countries, who are backing the conflicting sides in Syria’s approximately eight-year-old war, would be meeting for discussions in Geneva. It is anticipated that the foreign ministers would be looking forward to the blessing from the United Nations’ for the joint proposal.

Staffan de Mistura, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria who would be stepping down at the end of the year has tried since January to seal a pact over the identity of 150 members of a new constitutional committee to restore a comatose peace process.

The government of President Bashar al-Assad and the opponent fighting to dethrone Assad have each submitted a list of 50 names; however, the three countries have quibbled over the last 50 members from civil society and the independent members.

A diplomat stated that the three nations are coming up with a suggestion for the third list that has been the bone of contention or nitty-gritty. Turkey and other countries would contemplate on working with Assad if he wins the democratic election. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Sunday made this statement two days before he came to Geneva in order to meet Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Iran’s Javad Zarif.

Turkey backs insurgents who are controlling part of northwest Syria. A year back, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan proclaimed Assad as a terrorist and stated it was impractical for him to carry on with the Syrian peace efforts.

De Mistura stated that the weekend the constitutional committee could be a beginning point for political progress. In fact, De Mistura would be under immense pressure to acknowledge the trio’s
suggestion to finish the make-up of the constitutional body; however, it might leave the conclusion to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York at the end of this week.

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