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01 February 2018, 12:35 | Bernice Figueroa
Russian-backed peace talks endorse future path for Syria, but opposition and Kurds stay away
A statement released after the talks laid out 12 principles.
In particular, based on the consensus of the delegates, a constitutional committee dedicated to promoting a constitutional reform was created at the congress, which consists of the Syrian government delegation and the widely-represented opposition delegation. "We are not trying to look into the future now".
"Staffan de Mistura has all the powers needed, given by the Resolution 2254. I have also noted that in accordance with the final statement, the Congress supported the list of representatives for the constitutional committee", de Mistura said.
The Constitution Commission will comprise 150 members and the full list will be forwarded to the United Nations following the settling of some minor issues, Russia's Special Presidential envoy to Syria Aleksandr Lavrentyev said.
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.
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.
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