UN Security Council fails to agree on Syria
Russia has repeatedly blocked talks over Syria, diplomats say
The countries that make up the UN Security Council on Tuesday failed to agree on a joint statement on Syria, which diplomats discussed during the day, trying to renew the stalled peace process in a country torn by civil war.
Russia, Syria’s main ally, has repeatedly blocked negotiations on the issue, diplomats said. Moscow did not respond to a request from Agence France-Presse to comment on the situation in the UN Security Council.
The conflict in Syria, which began in 2011 after the government of Bashar al-Assad brutally suppressed opposition protests, has killed more than 380,000 people. Endless rounds of UN-sponsored peace talks have failed to stop the bloodshed. In recent years, parallel talks between Russia and Turkey have begun in Syria.
“The current divisions in the international community must be overcome,” Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy to Syria, told reporters on Monday.. According to the special envoy, without “constructive international diplomatic work” on Syria, it is unlikely that “any issue – concerning the constitution or any other – will really move forward.”.
The monthly UN Security Council meeting on Syria is usually held in open mode, but after the failed meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva in January, today’s session was held in a closed format..
The committee was created in 2019 to amend the Syrian constitution of 2012, which will allow the country to hold elections under the supervision of the UN.
“The fifth meeting of the Constitutional Committee was a missed opportunity and disappointed,” Pedersen described the January meeting of the committee, which was attended by representatives of official Damascus, the opposition and civil society. According to the diplomat, the negotiators lack “trust, confidence … and willingness to reach a compromise.”.
The diplomats told Agence France-Presse that at the UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday, the Western powers unanimously condemned the failure of the constitutional process in Syria, accusing the Syrian regime of “delay tactics”.
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