Constitution-making process in Syria will be completed during 2018

The summit held by leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on the Syrian conflict ended in Istanbul.

The presidents called for the completion of the Constitution Committee’s process for establishing a Syrian constitution by the end of this year that would pave the way for a fair election in Syria.

National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces leader Abdurrahman Mustafa welcomed the results of the four-nation summit. He noted that the summit’s conclusions coincided with the opposition stances, especially in regards to the need to form a Constitutional Committee before the end of the year. Continue reading “Constitution-making process in Syria will be completed during 2018”

Agreement between Russia and Turkey on Syria’s Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press statement following a meeting in Sochi on Monday announced that Russia and Turkey have agreed to establish a demilitarised zone in Idlib by 15 October, along the contact line of the armed opposition and the Syrian Arab Army.

The Idlib issue dominated the two leaders’ discussion, as it is the only Syrian region that is still controlled by illegal armed groups. A northern de-escalation zone was created in 2017 where militants and their families who refused to reconcile and voluntarily lay down arms could move to. The restoration of control over the Idlib governorate by SAA will mean the end of the war in Syria.

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Sochi hosted 10th round of Syrian Astana Peace Process

The 10th round of Syria peace talks, known as the Astana Peace Process, took place in Sochi in Russia and was addressed to the latest situation in de-escalation zones in Idlib, Syria, the return of refugees and the formation of a committee that will rewrite Syria’s constitution.

The guarantor states of Astana Peace Process Iran, Russia and Turkey reiterated their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria and continue to combat terrorism. Final statement at the end of the 10th round of Astana format meeting the guarantor states reaffirmed their determination to fight against terrorism in Syria in order to ultimately eliminate ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and all other illegal groups associated with them or with Al-Qaeda as designated by the UN Security Council.

The parties agreed to continue coordination on the situation in Syria and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighboring countries.

Guarantor states expressed satisfaction with useful consultations with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and agreed to with him to convene next round of consultations in Geneva in September 2018.

The parties called upon the international community, particularly the UN and its humanitarian agencies, to increase its assistance to Syria by sending additional humanitarian aid, facilitating humanitarian mine action, restoring basic infrastructure assets, including social and economic facilities, and preserving historical heritage.

Iran, Russia and Turkey underscored the need to encourage efforts that help all Syrians to restore normal life and they would continue the joint efforts aimed at building confidence among all the Syrian parties.

The next high-level International Meeting on Syria will be held in November 2018.38209_thumbs_b_c_1250f0bfb6653aa8ab8ede04581616c9_1533026870163