UN hopes for meet­ing on Syria con­sti­tu­tion by late De­cem­ber

The Miracle - - Midle East -

NEW YORK: The UN is still aim­ing to send in­vi­ta­tions to 150 Syr­i­ans by mid-De­cem­ber to par­tic­i­pate in a com­mit­tee that would draft a new con­sti­tu­tion for Syria, which is key to hold­ing elec­tions and end­ing the coun­try’s civil war, a UN en­voy said on Mon­day. Staffan de Mis­tura, the UN spe­cial en­voy for Syria, told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that the UN also aims to hold the com­mit­tee’s first meet­ing be­fore Dec. 31. But de Mis­tura said the Syr­ian regime is ob­ject­ing to 50 mem­bers of the com­mit­tee rep­re­sent­ing civil so­ci­ety, ex­perts, in­de­pen­dents, tribal lead­ers and women that he was au­tho­rized to put to­gether at a Rus­sian-hosted Syr­ian peace con­fer­ence in Sochi on Jan. 30. Un­der the Sochi agree­ment, the com­mit­tee is to com­prise 150 mem­bers. There is al­ready agree­ment on the 50-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from the regime and the 50-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from the op­po­si­tion.

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