Armenian delegates participate in Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

Michele Moreno
February 1, 2018

Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, said on Tuesday that delegates at the two-day conference at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, agreed to include both government and opposition officials in the 150-member committee.

Turkey will instead represent the opposition groups at the conference sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing unnamed sources.

Ansari added that Iran called on Turkey to urge the different opposition groups to attend the conference, however it appeared that Turkey's influence was limited. The Sochi Congress ended on Tuesday with a framework agreement to form a commission tasked with "drafting a plan for constitutional reform".

The establishment of de-escalation zones between Turkey, which backs groups opposed to Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, Russian Federation and Iran, who support the regime, was agreed back in May 2017.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and de Mistura agreed to establish a constitution commission composed of delegates elected at the forum and representatives who didn't attend the talks, according to Sputnik.

"We stayed at the airport refusing to enter under the regime flags and banners and due to the lack of diplomatic decency from the host country".

"In your final declaration today you've embraced 12 principles, developed in the Geneva political process, which describes a vision of Syria, that all Syrians should be able to share".

Syria's war shows no sign of ending and a peace conference hosted by Russian Federation on Tuesday was marred by discord.

The new body is expected to meet in Geneva and work under the UN.

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