Lavrentiev: The Damascus attack negatively affected the discussions of the Constitutional Committee

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Lavrentiev: The Damascus attack negatively affected the discussions of the Constitutional Committee

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Alexander Lavrentiev, Special Envoy of the Russian President to Syria

Alexander Lavrentiev, Special Representative of the Russian President to Syria, considered that the terrorist attack in Damascus raised the concern of the parties in the discussions of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva, but the obstacles were overcome.

He said, “There were certain fears last Wednesday, most likely following the terrorist attack that took place in Damascus and killed 17 Syrian soldiers.”

He added, “So the parties returned on Wednesday to the language of mutual accusations, but nevertheless, thanks to the work of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen and his office, this negative trend was overcome and the Constitutional Committee returned on Thursday to the constructive path.”

Lavrentiev stressed that “the positions of the parties to the Syrian Constitutional Committee are still conflicting on many issues.”

For his part, the UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen stressed that “the talks of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva ended without achieving any consensus on the four constitutional principles.”

He added: “Today’s meeting was a disappointment. We did not achieve what we wanted to achieve. We lacked a proper understanding of how to push this path forward. This round did not reach any understandings or common ground on any of the controversial issues.”

Last Monday, the sixth round of meetings of the Syrian Constitutional Committee began in Geneva, Switzerland, with the participation of the parties to the Syrian crisis and under the auspices of the United Nations.

Source: RT + “TASS”





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