Mini-Committee of Discussing Constitution starts activities

The Mini-Committee of the expanded body of the Committee of Discussing the Constitution started its first session at the UN headquarters in Geneva with the participation of the Syrian Government-backed delegation and other delegations.

The meetings of the Mini-Committee which comprises 45 members, 15 from Syrian government-backed delegation, 15 members of a delegation from other parties and 15 members of a delegation representing the civil society will be closed.

The expanded body of the Committee of Discussing the Constitution last Friday agreed on the members of the Mini-Committee, and it approved a paper on the code of conduct and the measures governing the work of the expanded and mini bodies.

The Committee of discussing the Constitution started activities in Geneva

The Committee of Discussing the Constitution started activities in Geneva with the participation of 150 members who represent the delegation which is supported by the Syrian Government, the delegation of other parties and the delegation of the civil society as each of them includes 50 members evenly.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, in a speech during the opening of the works of the committee, said that starting the work of the committee represents an important step on the road of finding a sustainable political solution to the crisis in Syria according to the International Security Council’s resolution no. 2254, affirming that the constitution is owned by the Syrian people only.

Pedersen indicated that the members of the committee are meeting in Geneva based on basic principles which are the adherence to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and respecting the UN Charter and the Security Council’s resolutions.

Pedersen affirmed that the Syrian people only decide the future of their country, indicating that the committee may discuss the constitution of the year 2012 or amend it or to put a draft of a new constitution and submit it to a popular referendum, while the role of the UN is limited to contributing to facilitating the work of the Committee of Discussing the Constitution.

Syrian government-backed delegation arrived in Geneva

The delegation, supported by the Syrian government, arrived in Geneva today to participate in meetings of the committee of discussing the constitution. The committee’s meetings will kick off next Wednesday with the participation of 150 members. Discussions will start next Friday and then there will be a small committee of 45 members, 15 supported by the Syrian government, 15 for other parties and 15 from the civil society. On the press conference earlier today the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said that the committee’s work is based on basic principles that include respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria in accordance with the UN Charter and UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolution No. 2254 in a way that contributes to finding a political solution to the crisis.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen about the upcoming meeting of the constitutional committee

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen has said that the work of the committee of discussing constitution should be committed to respecting the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria. Pedersen, during a press conference in Geneva on Monday, added that the constitution belongs to the Syrian people and the role of the United Nations is limited to facilitating work of the committee. He emphasized that that Syrians are the only ones who are entitled to draft constitution and determine future of their country. ”The committee’s work is based on basic principles that include respect for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria in accordance with the UN Charter and UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolution No. 2254 in a way that contributes to finding a political solution to the crisis.” Pedersen said. He pointed out that meetings of the committee will kick off next Wednesday with the participation of 150 members as the discussions will start next Friday and then there will be a small committee of 45 members. Pedersen said that there will be no international attendance in the first meeting of the committee and that this attendance will be limited to the opening, pointing out that he, along with two of his assistants, will represent the UN in the committee meetings.