Syria talks agree to set up constitution committee

Syrian National Dialogue Congress wrapped up in Russia's Sochi

Turkish, Russian leaders say outcome of Syrian National Dialogue Congress is "important achievement" despite problems.

"The State is committed to national unity, social peace and comprehensive and balanced development with fair representation at the local administration level", the statement said. Along with Turkey and Iran, it is pursuing its own peace process for Syria while the United Nations backs a separate plan.

The de-escalation zones were agreed by Turkey, which backs groups opposed to Syria's Bashar Al-Assad regime, and Russian Federation and Iran, who support the regime.

The plan for Syria drawn up by the U.S., France, the UK, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia appeared in a non-transparent manner and runs counter to the Geneva process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday, APA reports quoting TASS.

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The Syrian Negotiation Commission (SNC), the country's main opposition group, said following two days of UN-led talks in Vienna last week that it would not attend the Sochi congress.

"Iranian forces entered Syria at the request of the Syrian government in order to help the Syrian government in the battle against terrorism", said Jaberi Ansari, who was leading the Iranian delegation to Sochi. "This is why we have decided not to participate in the Sochi conference and are boycotting it and will be returning to Ankara".

The communiqué finalized at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi includes 12 principles to settle the Syrian crisis that were worked out within the UN-backed Geneva process, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday.

According to Russia's special envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev, participants of the congress agreed on a list of 150 candidacies for the constitutional committee.

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