Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi al-Bahra, said that he puts what happened during this session in a positive framework despite no joint session was held among the participating delegations. He said that there is a lesson learned from this round, namely the importance of adherence to the rules of procedure and agreeing on an agenda before the start of the next round.
Speaking at a press conference at the end of the session, Al-Bahra pointed out that the session included consultations through the UN envoy. He described these consultations as positive and within the framework of the Committee's work and in the framework of making progress in the future. He added that this session clearly defined the correct basis for the continuation of this process within the framework of the Constitutional Committee’s mandate and the need to abide by its rules of procedure.
Al-Bahra stressed that the ideas and consultations that took place during the session will help push forward the work in the next sessions, praising the active role of the United Nations in facilitating these consultations and activating intra-Syrian dialogue.
“We hoped and sought to hold meetings but we did not succeed in this,” Al-Bahra said, expressing their determination to continue the work as he stressed the need to hold the next round on a clear basis starting with a real agenda dealing with the mandate of the Constitutional Committee and its main task of drafting a new constitution for Syria.
Members of the Committee have a basic task, which is key to the political process and to finding a solution leading to the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254 under which the Constitutional Committee was formed, he added.
Moreover, Al-Bahra reaffirmed the Commission’s determination to end the suffering of the Syrian people, lift the sanctions, stop the barrel bombing, shelling and killing, and reach a political solution that leads to the implementation of international resolutions.
He pointed out that the framework of the Committee is specific and linked to specific mandate and procedural rules, so this Committee is not tasked with discussing any issues outside this framework. “There is a lesson learned from this round, namely to abide by the rules of procedure that require the co-chairs of the Committee to agree on a clear agenda 72 hours before the start of the sessions.”
Al-Bahra stressed the need for the co-chairs to interact positively and abide by the rules of procedure to agree on an agenda before the start of the next session. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, met with co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, and the delegation of the Commission in Geneva.
Al-Hariri listened to an extensive explanation of the five proposals Al-Bahra presented to the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, to reach an agreement on the agenda of the session. An agreement was not reached because of the regime’s insistence on discussing what it called “the national principles.”
Al-Bahra stressed that the delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission will work with the international envoy until the last hour of the last day and make every effort to convene the Committee. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, on Friday met with French political advisor on Syria, Fabrice Desplechin, and discussed with him the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria as well as the Constitutional Committee.
Participants in the meeting included member of the political committee, Bahjat al-Atassi, Salim al-Khatib, and member of the political committee and Department of Foreign Relations, and member of the political committee and Coordinator of the Office of Refugees and Displaced Persons Amal Sheikhou.
Abdullatif talked about the latest grave escalation by the Assad regime and its allies in rural Idlib, noting the need for the international community to intervene to impose a ceasefire and to take concrete action to ensure an end to the criminal attacks targeting vital centers and residential neighborhoods in Idlib province, and to do everything to ensure the protection for civilians.
The meeting touched on the regime’s prevarication and its attempts to disrupt the work of the Constitutional Committee. Abdullatif pointed to the need of implementing international resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254 in the order they were spelled out.
Members of the Coalition stressed that the Assad regime has been pursuing a military solution from the outset, making it clear that the goal of the Syrian people has always been to regain freedom, justice, and equality.
Member of the political committee, Salim al-Khatib, said that the new constitution can be drafted only in a safe environment, adding that the Assad regime's attempts to disrupt the work of the Constitutional Committee is detrimental to everyone, including the regime itself. He also said that holding parliamentary elections before the drafting of a new constitution will be illegal.
Both sides stressed the importance of preserving the strong relationship between the Syrian and French peoples and continued coordination with the Syrian National Coalition. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)