GENEVA, October 17. /TASS/. The Syrian Constitutional Committee’s Small Body will meet in Geneva on October 18 to begin drafting the country’s new constitution, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said on Sunday.
"The two co-chairs now agree that we will not only prepare for a constitutional reform but we will prepare and start drafting for a constitutional reform," he said. "So, the new this this week is that we actually be starting a drafting process for a constitutional reform in Syria."
He said he had met with Constitutional Committee’s co-chairs Ahmad Kuzbari (from the Syrian government) and Hadi al-Bahra (from the opposition), as well as with 15 Committee members from civil society. He describe these meetings as "good." In his words, the discussions were "serious and frank" and all the participants demonstrated commitment to the agreed principles of joint work. "I hope we will be able to continue the meeting in the same spirit," he added.
He gave to understand that the sixth round of the Small Body’s session will last for a week and promised to speak to the press by the end of the week. The sixth round is expected to discuss constitutional principles and then begin to discuss the draft constitution.
The fifth round of consultations of the Constitutional Committee’s Small Body (drafting committee) was held in January and yielded no result. The Small Body consists of 45 members (15 nominated by the Syrian government, 15 nominated by the opposition, and 15 nominated from civil society). The Constitutional Committee has 150 delegates: 50 from the government, 50 from the opposition, and 50 from civil society. The decision to set up the Constitutional Committee was taken at a Syrian National Unity Congress that was held in Russia’s Sochi on January 31, 2018.