Armenian delegates participate in Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

01 February, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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The SNC and the official Syrian delegation at the Geneva talks had been engaging through the exchange of documents via United Nations representative and have not met face-to-face.

Ankara also blocked the participation of the main Kurdish group, which itself said it would not attend in protest against the unrelenting Turkish offensive launched against the enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria. The Sochi Congress ended on Tuesday with a framework agreement to form a commission tasked with "drafting a plan for constitutional reform".

The lawmakers informed by the social media that the Congress was held under the slogan "Peace to the People of Syria".

Participants of a Russia-hosted conference for peace in Syria have agreed to set up a commission to rewrite the war-torn country's constitution. It calls for Syria's self-determination without foreign intervention and setting up a constitutional committee of government and opposition forces.

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Representatives from various countries and global organizations were also invited as observers of the congress. Russia, Iran and Turkey, guarantors of a Syrian cease-fire regime, were organizers of the congress.

"This new structure - the constitutional committee for the preparation of the Syrian constitution - will operate in Geneva", Lavrov said, according to Sputnik.

During the congress, a group of representatives from the armed Syrian opposition refused to exit the airport in Sochi arguing that they were "offended by the presence of the Syrian state's flag and emblem".

Almost 1,600 invitations had been sent out to a range of groups and individuals in a bid to give a voice to all the sides interested in a peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis.

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