National delegation in Mini-Committee of Discussing Constitution leaves UN HQ for not receiving response on proposal for agenda

Geneva, SANA_ The national delegation to the Mini-Committee of Discussing the Constitution left the United Nations HQ in Geneva on Monday for not receiving a response regarding the delegation’s proposal for the agenda where the second round of meetings was scheduled to be held.

Sources close to work of the Committee in Geneva said that the national delegation proposed an agenda for the committee’s debates under the title “national bases of interest to the Syrian people”.

The sources indicated that these bases contain a set of national items to be agreed upon as a base for the work of the committee as a whole.

After discussions with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen to agree upon the agenda, the sources said that the national delegation left the UN HQ for not receiving a response on the proposal.

SANA’s reporter in Geneva said that there will be no sessions for the committee on Monday after the departure of the national delegations, adding that there is information that sessions could be held on Tuesday.

In a statement to SANA’s reporter, member of the civil society delegation Issam al-Zaibaq said “we want a clear agenda based on national standards which are the Syrian Arab Army, denouncing any aggression on Syrian territory whether it is Turkish of American or Israeli, and agreeing on the state’s right to defend the country, before discussing the amendment or reform of the constitution.”

He added that the other side still rejects these standards due to its own interests and foreign connections.

In a similar statement, Mais Kraidi said “the other side rejects having a national basis for dialogue which is for it to be intra-Syrian… those who receive instructions from other states should say that outright… we want to create a Syrian constitution for Syrians, not one based on the moods of international interference.”

She said that those who want to hold dialogue on behalf of another state should present themselves in a frank manner.

The Mini-Committee held its first round between Nov. 4-8 as it adopted an agenda proposed by the Syrian Government-backed delegation which also presented a proposal that mainly includes combating terrorism and drying up its resources, in addition to condemning the countries which support it, but the group of the Turkish regime rejected it.

The Mini-Committee consists of 45 members, 15 from the national team, 15 from members of the delegation of other parties, and 15 from members of the delegation representing civil society.

On November 1st, the expanded body of the Committee of Discussing the Constitution which consists of 150 members agreed on the members of the Mini-Committee and it approved a paper on the Code of Conduct and the measures which govern the work of the expanded and small bodies.

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