The United Nations said Tuesday its Special Envoy for Syria is planning talks with Iran, Russia and Turkey in September to draft a new Syrian constitution.
Staffan de Mistura held informal talks in Sochi with Russian, Iranian and Turkish representatives and has received lists from the Assad regime and opposition on proposed candidates for the Constitutional Committee, according to a UN statement.
“The Special Envoy looks forward to holding formal consultations (with the three countries) ... very early in September in Geneva, in order to begin to finalize the constitutional committee,” the statement added.
In June, de Mistura held a similar meeting at UN headquarters in Geneva but had only received a list of 50 nominees for the constitutional committee from the Syrian regime and was awaiting a similar one from the opposition.
The special envoy was tasked with setting up the committee during a Russian-backed congress held in Sochi in January. - aawsat.com