Representatives of the Syrian government, the opposition and civil society will meet again from this Thursday in Geneva to negotiate the drafting of the new constitution after contacts were cut on Monday over the discovery of several cases of coronavirus among the participating delegates.
Fifteen delegates from each of the three parties attended the forum in Geneva, which resumed a dialogue that had been paralyzed for nine months. Four of these representatives tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, so the sessions had to be canceled just hours after their expected start.
The office of UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen on Thursday confirmed the resumption of talks, which will continue “with social distancing and other precautions” such as the use of masks.
The aim of these contacts would be to find a political solution to the war that began in March 2011, although the opposition has already made it clear that its expectations are low. “We all know that this regime does not want to get involved in a political solution or a constitutional committee and that they always put up obstacles,” Yahya al Aridi complained, according to the DPA agency.