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The meeting of the constitutional Committee of Syria may be held in August in Geneva

The meeting of the constitutional Committee of Syria may be held in Geneva in late August and then convened on a regular basis until the end of the year, said Tuesday the UN special envoy on Syria, Geir Pedersen.

"This body will meet in Geneva in late August, subject to the restrictions on COVID-19. He will have to meet regularly until the end of the year," said Pedersen, speaking at the donors ' conference of Syria "Brussels-4".

However, he urged to continue, in parallel, international efforts on the settlement in Syria.

"Discussions on the Constitution will not allow to improve the situation of Syrians need to work on more global political settlement. This will only happen in the event of a change in Syria," said Pedersen.

He acknowledged that at the international level are serious differences on the Syrian issue.

"But there is a common interest - to stop the suffering of Syrians, to prevent the degradation of the situation and spread COVID-19 and to implement UN resolution 2254," said Pedersen.

In particular, he urged the government to ensure conditions for a dignified return of Syrian refugees and the release of political prisoners.

In Syria since 2011, the armed conflict continues. Negotiations with Nur-Sultan, known as "Astana in the format" (still the name of the capital of Kazakhstan), conducted in 2017, and January 2018 in Sochi was held the Congress of the Syrian acdialog, which was the first since the conflict began attempting to collect on the same negotiating platform broad composition of participants. The main result of the Congress was the decision about creation of the constitutional Committee which meets in Geneva and whose main task is to prepare the constitutional reform.

The next round of meetings of the constitutional Committee took place in Geneva in late November last year, but the meeting of a small group (which prepares major initiatives) did not take place due to disagreements among delegations.

In may, Russia's permanent representative at the Geneva office of the UN Gennady Gatilov said that the attempt of the constitutional Committee of Syria in Geneva will be made as soon as circumstances permit with COVID-19.