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Putin announces that the composition of the committee constitutional for Syria is already aacute; “fully defined”

September 16, 2019

The Russian president met Monday with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara


Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday that the composition of the constitutional committee that will draw up a draft new Constitution for Syria is already “completely defined”, so he could start working soon in Geneva.

“The composition of the committee is completely defined,” said Putin, who has argued that the body starts working as soon as possible. In that regard, Putin has argued that only political and diplomatic channels can achieve peace for Syria, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

Putin has made these statements from Ankara, where he has met with his Turkish counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Iranian, Hasan Rohani.

The UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, declared at the end of August that the Syrian constitutional committee was almost formed and already in September a Russian diplomatic delegation traveled to Damascus to deal with the Syrian president, Bashar al Assad, this initiative.

During the meeting, Putin did not address the issue of the drone attack against two refineries of Saudi oil company Aramco last Saturday, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov explained.

For its part, Erdogan has once again pointed to Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) as the “biggest” threat to Syria. “The PKK and its extension, the YPG / PYD is the biggest threat to the future of Syria. As long as there is a PKK / PYD presence in the country, neither Syria nor our region can find peace,” Erdogan has argued.

The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is the political arm of the Kurdish YPG, the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces that control northeast Syria after snatching their territories from the Islamic State in an offensive supported by the United States. In addition, the YPG have a close ideological relationship with the Kurdistan Workers Party, the main Kurdish separatist militia of Turkey.

Thus, he has criticized the United States and its “unacceptable” support for “terrorist” organizations under the pretext of the fight against the Islamic State, reports the Turkish news agency Anatolia.

In addition, Erdogan has defended the establishment of a “peace corridor” in northern Syria guaranteed by the presence of Turkish military forces that avoid the presence of Kurdish militias in the area.