The fourth round of talks by the Constitutional Committee began at the UN Geneva Office on Monday, with the Committee taking the necessary precautions and preventive measures to ensure safety from coronavirus.
In accordance with an agreement between the two co-chairs, the fourth round will be dedicated to resuming the discussions of the agenda of the third round of talks. The agenda stipulated the discussion of national foundations and principles in accordance with the mandate and procedural rules of the Constitutional Committee.
Co-chair of the Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, and members of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Drafting Committee, on Sunday held a preparatory meeting for the first session with the UN special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen and his deputy Khawla Matar.
Al-Bahra said that the Commission’s representatives stand ready to engage positively and make every effort to accomplish the Constitutional Committee’s mission as soon as possible. He pointed out that the fourth round will be a follow-up to the discussion of the agenda of the third round in the framework of the Constitutional Committee’s mandate and its terms of reference. It will also build on what has been proposed by all parties during the last round.
Al-Bahra pointed out that proposals by representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission adopted and proceeded from constitutional and legal foundations, while helping draft constitutional provisions at a later time. He stressed that the discussions in the current round will help prepare for the discussions of the fifth round which will be devoted to discussing constitutional principles (the basic principles of the constitution).
Representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission convened at the UN Geneva Office on Sunday in preparation for the first session of the fourth round of talks by the Constitutional Committee. They focused on reviewing their work plan for this week in accordance with what had been previously agreed upon. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)