Sochi Talks End, Constitutional Committee to be Formed

Turkey expects all Syria parties to fulfil responsibilities

Syria talks agree to set up constitution committee

Russian Federation is hosting talks at the Black Sea resort of Sochi today in an effort to start negotiations on what a new constitution for Syria might look like.

The Sochi event, officially known as a Syrian Congress of National Dialogue, aims to foster an agreement between the government and the opposition to form a commission to write a new constitution for the war-torn country.

A similar announcement was made by UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan De Mistura, who said the council would include delegates from both the Syrian government and the opposition.

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress kicked off in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday. The conference agreed to create a constitutional committee which will work in Geneva and a list of 150 participants has been drawn up: Two thirds from the government side and one third representing the opposition.

The conference's opening, initially planned for Monday, was mired in confusion as a handful of opposition delegates refused to leave Sochi airport after arriving on a last-minute flight.

Russian military might has helped tip the near seven year-long war in Syrian President Bashar al Assad's favour.

Neil Hauer, an independent analyst focused on Russian Federation and Syria who was in Sochi for the congress, told AFP bringing the Kurds to their first major worldwide Syria summit would have been one of Moscow's primary goals. When Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a speech to kick off the conference, he was heckled by delegates who accused his government of killing Syrian civilians with airstrikes meant to support the Assad regime.

Delegates at a Syrian peace conference in Sochi have called for respect for the country's territorial integrity and said the Syrian people alone should decide the shape of their government.

It added that the final agreement on the "mandate and terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure, and selection criteria for the composition" of the committee is to be reached in the UN-led Geneva process.

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