Russia: UN envoy lauds Moscow’s role in settlement of Syrian conflict

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The UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen stated that progress in the Syrian settlement “would not have been possible without Russia”, speaking in Moscow at a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

“Of course also Russia’s cooperation with two other members of the Astana group, but in my opinion there is no doubt that for us Russia is the key interlocutor,” Pedersen said.

On his part, Shoigu said that Moscow was pleased with the work of the Syrian constitutional committee.

“I would like to highlight we are satisfied both with the committee’s performance and with the situation in Syria. In fact, terrorist groups are completely destroyed. Of course there are still some issues to work on, such as international forces, who were not invited there, remaining in Syria,” he said.

The committee is tasked with drafting Syria a new constitution and met for the first time on October 30 in Geneva. It is made up of 150 Syrian delegates representing the government, the opposition and civil society.

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