Putin, Erdogan Underline Importance of Agreements Reached at Sochi Syria Congress

Preparations for Congress of Syrian National Dialog in Sochi

"The UN-led Geneva process will agree on the proposals the special envoy will make on the mandate, terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure and selection criteria for the composition of the constitutional committee in Geneva".

Besides, the congress took a decision to make up a constitutional committee, which would draw on a pool of 150 names (100 names from the government and internal moderate opposition and 50 names from external opposition), which, alongside Staffan de Mistura, would draft a new constitution for the country.

"[In] the new final declaration today you embraced the 12 principles, developed in the Geneva political process, that describes a vision of Syria that all Syrians should be able to share", de Mistura said at the closing ceremony of the Congress. "We are not trying to look into the future now".

"The list of the candidates to the Constitutional Commission will be given to Staffan de Mistura". The Syrians also asked the United Nations secretary-general to provide assistance in organizing the work of the constitutional commission which mandate will be determined within the framework of the Geneva process.

A Syrian opposition delegation arrived at Sochi for the summit but later changed their minds when they saw pictures with Syrian regime flags on it.

The Constitutional Committee will also include delegates from those groups who did not attend the Sochi gathering for whatever reason, Lavrov said.

Turkey was also said to be bringing representatives of some Syrian armed groups.

An Iranian diplomat who had participated in the Sochi talks on Syria said on Tuesday that Iranian military advisory forces will leave Syria after victory over terrorism. Two-thirds will be chosen from supporters of Assad's government and one-third from the opposition.

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