Constitutional committee for post-war Syria ‘may not’ be possible:UN

United Nations, Nov 20 (UNI) It ‘may not’ be possible to form an inclusive and legitimate constitutional committee in Syria, a way out of the years long crisis plaguing the country, the United Nations negotiator for the conflict-ridden nation has warned.

Briefing the Security Council on Monday, Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, said that credibility, balance, inclusion and international legitimacy remain the ‘litmus test’ for the committee.
If that test were to fail, “we may have to conclude that we may not be possible to form a constitutional committee, credible and inclusive at this stage,” he said.

“In such an unfortunate case […] I will certainly be ready to explain to the Security Council, why,” added Mr de Mistura.
The constitutional committee was part of a road map, endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 2254 (2015), for a peace process in war-torn Syria.

Mr de Mistura, who is stepping down at the end of the year, went on to note that in his last briefing to the Council next month, it will be his ‘duty’ to explain the status of the committee, and leave a clean and clear ground to his successor regarding it.

“In other words […] we are in the last days of the attempts to implement the constitutional committee in line with resolution 2254 and Sochi final statement,” he said, noting that the weeks to come be crucial in that regard.

Despite the challenges, the UN Special Envoy stressed that he is not giving up.

“The UN remains ready for the establishment of the constitution committee. It is prepared to do its part and I personally will spare no effort until my final day on my tenure to work towards this aim.”

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