Turkey, Russia agree to speed up establishing observation posts in Syria's Idlib

Feb 01, 2018, 00:34
Turkey, Russia agree to speed up establishing observation posts in Syria's Idlib

The U.N.'s Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, did however attend the Sochi congress.

At the congress in the southern Russian city on Monday and Tuesday - including representatives from Syria and the guarantor countries of Russia, Iran, and Turkey - a proposal to form a constitutional committee was agreed on.

A statement released after the talks laid out 12 principles.

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The minister added that the establishment of the constitutional commission will be forwarded to the United Nations, in line with resolution 2254, the work of this new structure will be organized in Geneva.

He emphasized that the achievement at Sochi will be a contribution to the UN-led Geneva process for Syria. "I have also noted that in accordance with the final statement, the Congress supported the list of representatives for the constitutional committee", de Mistura said.

A Syrian opposition delegation arrived at Sochi for the summit but later changed their minds when they saw pictures with Syrian regime flags on it.

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Organisers of the Sochi congress meant to bring together Syrians of all stripes to hammer out a new post-war constitution. The talks were moderated by Russian Federation and Iran, on the side of Damascus, and Turkey, which aligns itself with several armed opposition groups. "The fact that two-three groups could not participate should not be seen as a tragedy", Russia's top diplomat stated.

According to the Turkish General Staff, Operation Olive Branch aims to establish security and stability along Turkish borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.

Russia's most senior diplomat directly addressed Le Drian's attempt to juxtapose the goals of the meeting in Sochi against those of the Geneva process.

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