Iranian Envoy Holds Diplomatic Sessions on Syria in Russia Sochi

A Turkish Forces vehicles is driven past people watching at the Oncupinar border crossing with Syria known as Bab al Salameh in Arabic in the outskirts of the town of Kilis Monday Jan. 29 2018. Renewed clashes erupted on Monday on a strategic hillto

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.

Hundreds of delegates gathered Tuesday afternoon in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi for what Russian Federation, a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, had billed as a congress of national dialogue aimed at opening negotiations to draft a new constitution for Syria after nearly seven years of war. "The list of the candidates to the Constitutional Commission will be given to Staffan de Mistura".

A statement released after the talks laid out 12 principles. "Those are the key norms of the global law - respecting sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Syria; protecting the rights of all ethnic and religious groups; and ensuring that the political process does not leave anyone out and allows Syrians to determine their future on their own, without any interference from overseas", Lavrov said.

Lavrentyev also said the Sochi event as well as its outcomes will give impetus to the Geneva platform, and Russian Federation is ready to further provide all possible assistance in solving the complicated tasks.

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But the main opposition group, which boycotted the conference, is likely to oppose the outcome as the process of choosing the members favors the Syrian government.

"But I don't see anything tragic in the fact two or three groups of the opposition failed to come here", Lavrov said.

It added that the final agreement on the "mandate and terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure, and selection criteria for the composition" of the committee is to be reached in the UN-led Geneva process.

But diplomats and analysts said the statement's impact was diminished without the participation of Syria's political opposition and Kurdish representatives, important constituencies in a country torn apart by one of the most destructive conflicts of the century.

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