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UN Envoy: Syria Constitutional Talks End Without Reaching Consensus on Agenda

UN Envoy: Syria Constitutional Talks End Without Reaching Consensus on Agenda

Friday, 29 November, 2019 - 13:00
U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen attends a news conference ahead of the meeting of the new Syrian Constitutional Committee at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, October 28, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

A second week-long round of Syrian talks has ended without a meeting of the group of 45 delegates meant to be negotiating on the constitution, United Nations Special Envoy Geir Pedersen said on Friday.


The Syrian government and opposition co-chairs were unable to agree on agenda for the constitutional talks, he told reporters.


"We have been trying to reach consensus but as I said we are not there yet."


The talks are meant to be a step forward in what the UN says will be a long road to political rapprochement, followed by elections, Reuters reported.


However, experts question whether Head of Regime Bashar al-Assad will be willing to cede much in any negotiations after his Russian- and Iranian-back forces recaptured large areas of the country in offensives against rebels and militants since


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