'Syria's constitutional committee must work independently to win public support'
Iran Press TV
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:55PM
Iran, Russia and Turkey have stressed that Syria's long-awaited constitutional committee must work independently and far from any foreign interference in order to draw maximum support from all walks of the Syrian nation.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif together with his Russian and Turkish counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, in a joint communiqué at the end of their meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in Geneva on Tuesday, stated that the three guarantor states of the Syria peace process – Iran, Russia, and Turkey – are committed to guarantee the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, emphasizing that these principles should be respected by all parties.
They also reiterated their respective countries' strong resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and to confront the separatist agenda on the Syrian land.
The three top diplomats then welcomed the formation of Syria's constitutional committee and its inception in Geneva on October 30, lauding the effective assistance of the three guarantor states of Syria peace process, implementation of decisions taken at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on January 30, 2018 and Pedersen's efforts in this regard.
They further highlighted that the start of Syria's constitutional committee attests to the fact that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, reaffirms their commitment to continue the ongoing Syrian-Syrian political process and facilitate the United Nations efforts in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
The foreign ministers went on to say that the work of the committee should be conducted with a sense of compromise and constructive engagement, and without foreign interference as well as imposition of external timetables in order to receive the widest possible support from the Syrian people.
On September 23, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said an agreement had been reached between the government of Syria and the so-called the Syrian Negotiation Commission – an umbrella opposition group supported by Saudi Arabia, on "a credible, balanced and inclusive constitutional committee."
"It will be facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva," Guterres told reporters, adding that it would be convened in the coming weeks.
Foreign ministers from Iran, Russia and Turkey finally underlined the importance of a broader Syria settlement process to promote increased humanitarian aid for all people across the war-ravaged country without preconditions and discrimination.
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