The Russian President’s special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, revealed that Russia has proposed moving the headquarters of the meetings of the Syrian Constitutional Committee from Geneva to Muscat or Abu Dhabi.
In response to a question about whether there are agreements on an alternative site to Geneva, Lavrentiev told reporters: “We identified the need to transfer the work of the Constitutional Committee to a more neutral platform and proposed different programs. Abu Dhabi and Muscat,” and explained that “Algeria is also possible as a platform.”
He also stressed that so far no clear agreements have been reached on this issue, but the continuation of work in Geneva for Russia has become difficult, due to the unfriendly and “hostile” position of Switzerland towards Russia.
Lavrentiev also added that “in Nur-Sultan, there is such an opportunity as well, and we refer to it from our side,” saying: “Here we must find a consensual solution.”
Lavrentiev had previously emphasized that to replace Geneva, which had lost its neutral status, it was necessary to find another place for the meetings of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.
Ayman Susan, the head of the Syrian delegation to the international conference on Syria in the “Atana formula”, announced, earlier, that Geneva is not a suitable place for holding the meetings of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.
The Syrian Constitutional Committee, which began its work in 2019, aims to rewrite a new constitution for Syria, with the participation of the Syrian opposition and the government, in preparation for a political process that includes all Syrian sects.
On June 15-16, Kazakhstan hosted the eighteenth round of negotiations on the “Astana” formula for a settlement in Syria, with the participation of delegations from the guarantor countries – Iran, Russia and Turkey, in addition to the government, the Syrian opposition and the United Nations.