During his first visit to Moscow since his appointment as the UN new special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen on Monday underlined the need to implement Security Council resolution 2254 to ensure the safe, voluntary return of Syrian refugees to their homes.
At a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Pedersen voiced his determination to work with Russia to set the political settlement on Syria back on track.
The UN and Russia must play a central role in Syria and ensure the success of the political process and create the appropriate conditions for the return of Syrian refugees, said Pedersen.
Meanwhile, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, said that Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country.
The Syrian Negotiations Commission met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday and discussed with him efforts to make progress on the political track and follow-up on the ideas for the political process.
In a statement, the Commission reaffirmed it stood ready to deal positively with the new UN envoy as it previously did with the former envoys, stressing that it did not want “more time to be wasted.”
The Commission also reasserted the UN-led political process in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and international resolutions on Syria, most importantly UN Security Council resolution 2254 which is the agreed action plan for a political solution bringing an end to the war being launched by the Assad regime on the Syrian people for more than seven years. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)