Early elections possible in Syria if parties reach agreement on constitution

Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s Middle East envoy said on Thursday that an early election can take place in Syria if an agreement on the constitution can be reached. between parties. Bogdanov told reporters at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum as efforts to form a new constitution in Syria continue.

“If the parties in Syria agree and the results of the efforts are approved, elections can be held under the new constitution or constitutional reforms,” ​​he said.

He added that an Astana-format international meeting on Syria could be held in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan before the end of June, adding that Moscow would be in contact with Ankara and Tehran on the issue.

The opposition said that their group has completed the drafting of the 10 main principles of the Syrian Constitution and presented them to the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva. However, no concrete progress has been made on the side of the Assad regime. The previous four rounds of talks have not brought any substantial progress as the opposition demands a new constitution and the regime proposes to amend the current charter. The guarantor countries aim to break this deadlock at the new Astana summit.

The Astana meeting has been initiated by Turkey, Iran and Russia to bring the belligerents together in Syria to find a permanent solution to the war that has been going on for a decade. The main items on the agenda were the constitutional system, political transition, security and resettlement. The first meeting of the Astana process took place in Turkey in January 2017 to facilitate the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva.

A Security Council resolution adopted in December 2015 unanimously approved a roadmap for peace in Syria which was approved in Geneva on June 30, 2012 by representatives of the UN, the Arab League, the United Nations, the United Nations and the United Nations. The European Union, Turkey and the five permanent members of the Security Council. : the United States, Russia, China, France and Great Britain.

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