Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Miqdad called on the UN special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen to maintain his role as a “neutral” facilitator in the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.
Al-Miqdad said during his meeting with Pedersen in Damascus on Monday that the Constitutional Committee, since it was formed and launched its work, “has become a lady herself and it is the one who decides on the recommendations that it can come out with and how its work proceeds with the assurance that the Syrian people have the exclusive right to determine the future of their country.”
The two sides agreed, according to the regime’s news agency “SANA”, on the importance of “ensuring non-interference in the affairs of the constitutional debate committee, and that all this process is led and owned by Syria, and that no timetables are set for its work imposed from outside.”
Pedersen had described the fifth round of the Constitutional Committee as a “disappointing and missed opportunity”. The regime held responsible for its failure, during a briefing before the Security Council.
On the other hand, Al-Miqdad called on the United Nations to take a clear stance on “American and Turkish practices” in the Syrian territories. He said, “The American and Turkish occupation of Syrian lands, the Turkish occupation practices in northeastern Syria, and its support for terrorists in Syria, violate Syrian sovereignty and violate international law and all Security Council resolutions related to Syria.”
Al-Miqdad called on the United Nations to “raise its voice in accordance with the Charter and international resolutions issued by the Security Council in the face of all these practices and to take a clear stance on them that is consistent with the principles and objectives on which international humanitarian law is based.”
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