Representatives of the Syrian government, opposition and civil society have reached “common areas” after the third round of contacts to negotiate the drafting of the new constitution in Geneva, as highlighted by the UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen.
After a “complex” start of contact after four of the delegates tested positive for coronavirus last Monday, Pedersen emphasized that “common areas” had been found.
“There are still strong disagreements and my Syrian friends are never afraid to speak out about these discrepancies, but I was also pleased to hear the two co-chairs make it very clear that they believe there are some areas in common.”
Pedersen has stated that he “wants to be able to build on these common things and move the process forward”. “I think we were able to build a little bit of trust and build on that and keep working,” he said.