Syria talks postponed, says UN envoy
By 18 July 2022
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Talks scheduled in Geneva this month on a new constitution for Syria have been cancelled, UN mediator Geir Pedersen announced [on 16 July].
He did not give a reason for the cancellation. Russia, which supports the Syrian government, had called in June for the talks to be postponed. The Syrian government representative in Moscow said host country Switzerland had lost its neutrality, referring to Swiss sanctions on Russia over its war in Ukraine.
The ninth round of negotiations with representatives of the Syrian government, opposition and civil society was scheduled for 25-29 July. The committee is tasked with drafting a new constitution for Syria to pave the way for UN-supervised elections and an end to the 11-year-old civil war.
The previous eight rounds of talks have yielded little result since 2019. Since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regained the upper hand in the civil war with military help from Russia, the government delegation has shown little willingness to compromise, according to participants in the talks quoted by news agency Keystone-SDA.
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