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UN: Constitutional Committee Should Lead to End of Syria War

UN: Constitutional Committee Should Lead to End of Syria War

Tuesday, 8 October, 2019 - 17:30
Damaged buildings in the town of Harasta, in eastern Ghouta region east of Damascus, Syria. (AP file photo)

The UN Security Council said the launch of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria later this month should be the beginning of a political process to end the eight-year-long Syrian war.


The UN's most powerful body said in a statement approved by all 15 members Tuesday that it welcomes Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' September 23 announcement of the agreement between the Syrian government and opposition on a 150-member Constitutional Committee.


The council emphasized its "strong support" for UN envoy Geir Pedersen, who will facilitate the work of the "Syrian-owned and Syrian-led" committee, to convene its first meeting in Geneva by October 30.


The Security Council reaffirmed "that there can be no military solution to the conflict."


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