Sochi congress agrees to set up Syrian constitutional commission

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Turkey expects all Syria parties to fulfil responsibilities

01 February, 2018

"The heads of state expressed satisfaction with the results of the Congress of Syrian National Dialogue held in Sochi on January 30", added the statement.

During the talks, Jaberi Ansari and the Syrian dissidents exchanged views on the subjects discussed during the Syrian National Dialogue Congress and explored ways to restore peace and security to the war-stricken Syria.

Russian experts also said that the congress will stimulate the long-running reconciliation process on Syria in Geneva. "In this context, it is hard to overestimate the decision on setting up a constitutional council and later on, a constitutional commission".

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"Russia has initially taken that stance and is determined to provide assistance in the Syrian settlement, in particular in the format of parliamentary dimension", Slutsky said.

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. "It's not happening in Sochi and it must happen in Geneva", French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said ahead of the Congress. "We've agreed today that the results of the Congress are presented to the United Nations in hope that they will stimulate the Geneva process", Lavrov said.

The statement also called on "all friends of Syria to take all necessary steps to help the country to reintegrate into the worldwide community and restore its status as a distinguished member".

In their joint statement, the participants reiterated their commitment to Syria's territorial integrity, the war on terror and religious fanaticism.

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