FMs’ of Small Group on Syria welcome launch of Constitutional Committee

WASHINGTON, The Foreign Ministers of the Small Group on Syria welcomed the launch of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva on October 30, saying “this is a long-awaited positive step that requires serious engagement and commitment in order to succeed.” The Foreign Ministers of US, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom said in a joint statement “we greatly appreciate the work of the UN Secretary General and UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen in launching this effort.” The joint statement added “it can complement implementation of other dimensions of Security Council Resolution 2254, including the meaningful involvement of all Syrians, especially women, in the political process.” “We support efforts to create a safe and neutral environment that enables Syria to hold free and fair elections, under UN supervision,” it affirmed.

“We recall our statement in New York on September 26 and continue to call for an immediate and genuine nationwide ceasefire in Idlib,” the statement stressed.

“There can be no military solution to the Syria crisis, only a political settlement on the basis of UNSC resolution 2254,” it reiterated.

Source: Kuwait News Agency