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Presentation of the “Step by Step” initiative in Damascus.. Pedersen is optimistic about a new round of Syrian constitutionalism

Miqdad meets Pedersen – (Syrian Foreign Ministry)

The UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, announced that he was “more optimistic” about the possibility of holding a seventh round of constitutional committee talks next March, and said that he discussed his initiative “step by step” in Damascus.

After talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad, Pedersen told the local newspaper, Al-Watan: “After my talks today, I can say that I am more optimistic that there will be a seventh round of talks to complete a draft constitution sometime next March.”

Pedersen indicated that there was agreement on the agenda for the first four days of the seventh round, and “we have left to discuss the agenda for the fifth day.”

Pedersen added that he spent some time explaining to Miqdad the “step-by-step approach” that I started earlier and its usefulness, and the results of the talks I have had so far with Russia, the United States and several countries.

The UN envoy indicated that he discussed with Miqdad “all aspects and the nature of my mission and the implementation of Resolution 2254,” and added: “It was important to hear that Syria is still committed to this resolution.”

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While the “SANA” agency reported that Miqdad and Pedersen discussed “the latest developments related to the situation in Syria, including the efforts made by the Syrian state to consolidate stability, especially by expanding the scope of reconciliations and settlement processes, in addition to the latest developments related to the political process.”

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Miqdad said that “the continued presence of the US and Turkish occupations in parts of the Syrian territory violates Syrian sovereignty and violates international law and all relevant Security Council resolutions,” and reiterated that “the unilateral coercive measures imposed on the country are the main cause of the Syrians’ suffering.”

Source: “Al-Watan” newspaper + “SANA”