Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Al-Assad rejected Pederson’s proposals on the Constitutional Committee


The regime’s foreign minister’s request, Faisal al-Miqdad, the UN special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen to preserve his role as facilitator of the constitutional committee’s work, gave an indication of his failure during his presence in Damascus to obtain guarantees from the regime for the continuation of the constitutional committee’s work.

The Syrian Regime News Agency “SANA” quoted Al-Miqdad as saying during his meeting with Pederson, Monday, that “the committee has become a master of itself, and it is the one that decides 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 report.” The future of his country. “

وعلمت “Arabic 21“From a private source, the Syrian regime did not agree with Pederson’s proposals regarding setting a timetable for the committee’s work and a new working mechanism.

According to the source, Pedersen has not yet succeeded in determining the date for the start of the “sixth round” of the constitutional talks, saying, “We are often faced with a new intractability in the work of the Constitutional Committee.”

For his part, a member of the Constitutional Committee for the opposition, Abdul Majid Barakat, said that it is clear that the regime is still adhering to rejecting any amendment to the work of the committee, with the aim of continuing to disrupt its work.

He added to “Arabic 21“The regime is trying to evade any new amendment to the work of the committee, lest this lead to forcing it to seriously engage in the constitutional path, indicating that” the regime refuses even to name the constitutional committee, and insists on referring it to the constitutional debate committee.

And on Sunday, Pedersen arrived in Damascus from Moscow, and upon his arrival, he said that “my discussions in Damascus will focus on Resolution 2254, and there are many issues that I hope we will talk about, on top of which is the difficult situation in which the Syrian people live.”

Will the date of the next round be set?
So far, Pedersen has not set the date for the sixth round of constitutional talks, after the conclusion of the “fifth round” in early February, without any progress being made after the Syrian regime’s delegation refused to delve into drafting constitutional contents and principles, noting that the round’s schedule was Stipulates that.

After that, Pedersen described the fifth round of the Constitutional Committee as a “missed and disappointing opportunity,” and held the regime responsible for its failure, during a briefing before the Security Council.

In this regard, a member of the Executive Office of the “Coordination Committee” and the small body of the Constitutional Committee, Ahmed Al-Asrawi, said that we have not received any indications of the possibility of determining the date of the next round, and we expect that Pedersen will come to an understanding with Damascus on the progress of the process in Geneva, but to what extent?

He added to “Arabic 21“, That depends on the obstruction that the Syrian regime team uses continuously.

Al-Asrawi added, “We went to the fourth round after agreeing to its actions and the work of the fifth round, and when we reached the fifth round, we thought that we would discuss the body of the constitution, but this was not done.”

He said: “With our knowledge that there is Russian pressure on the regime’s team, we cannot be certain of the extent to which this will affect the success of the work of the Constitutional Committee.” And the Geneva statement, they stressed the need to complete the constitution within six months, and since 2018, we have not achieved any progress.

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