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Syria War, UN-Backed Talks on New Constitution Begin in Geneva
BAHRS GLOBAL NEWS, 30 OCT 2019
Staff Reporter, New Delhi : One-hundred-and-fifty delegates representing Syria’s government, opposition and various sectors of civil society are meeting in Geneva to try to draft a new constitution.
The UN says the talks will be “Syrian-owned and Syrian-led”, and could pave the way for reforms and elections.
It suggests they might, eventually, lead to peace negotiations.
Syria’s eight-year civil war has claimed more than 370,000 lives and created 5.6 million refugees.
Fighting is still raging in parts of the country, particularly the north-west – where Russian-backed forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are bombarding the opposition’s last stronghold – and the north-east – where Turkey recently carried out an operation to push back Kurdish fighters from its border.