Bogdanov: Russia supports the idea of establishing a consultative mechanism for the Constitution of Syria


KAZAN, may 19. /TASS/. Moscow supports the idea of the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to establish a consultative mechanism on the Syrian Constitution. This was stated on Friday, the TASS representative of the Russian President for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on the sidelines of the IX International economic summit “Russia – Islamic world”.

“Of course, we supported, – he told, answering an appropriate question. – We support any progress in any sector this large-scale work (for settlement in Syria – approx. TASS)”.

On the eve of the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura announced the launch of the consultative mechanism on issues of the future Constitution of Syria. It is assumed that it will conduct a special meeting of representatives of the office of the special envoy with the experts of the delegations of the government and the opposition. Involved in this process, the experts will evaluate and study the technical aspects of issues related to the development of the substantive law of Syria.

The special representative of the President of Russia on the Middle East and Africa also called the contradictory statements of the US zones of de-escalation in Syria, and their actions on Syria are contradictory.

“Sometimes we get from our American colleagues or partners we hear contradictory statements, or even see a very contradictory action, including on the Syrian track,” he said, commenting on the words, acting assistant Secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones that the US “there are reasons to be skeptical” about the agreement on zones of de-escalation in Syria.

The senior diplomat speculated that in Washington “there is no consensus, and (there are) just different approaches structures” on the Syrian issue. “It seems that while there are no tactics or, more importantly, the strategy from the new administration, she’s probably looking for some way she understood, problem solving, and, maybe, some problems do not yet interest them,” said Deputy foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.

“So all this requires active work, and we are doing it, hold political contacts, contacts between our ministries of defense, other representatives,” – said Bogdanov.

On the negotiations in Geneva

At the same time, Bogdanov added that he did not expect profound results from ending Friday a short round of talks on Syria in Geneva.

“This round is such a transient, was identified just three days, he said on the sidelines of the IX International economic summit “Russia – Islamic world”. – So deep and effective results it was difficult to count. Was the idea to focus on one or two topics. Work in these areas will be conducted in the future.”

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