Syria rejects UN call for new post-war constitution

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Syria is rejecting a United Nations plan to rewrite the country’s constitution. The country’s foreign minister said foreign interference won’t be tolerated.

U.N. special envoy Steffan de Mistera was paying his final visit to Damascus before stepping down next month. 

CGTN’s Alaa Ebrahim has more on the meeting.

It was outside a hotel in the heart of the Syrian capital that the press corps camped for hours waiting for the U.N. envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to arrive.

It is expected to be the U.N. official’s last visit to Damascus before he leaves his post at the end of November.

De Mistura came to discuss the formation of a committee to draft a post-war constitution. The committee will reportedly include around 150 members, divided into three groups. The government is supposed to select the first group-opposition leaders, the second. According to de Mistura, the third group is supposed to be comprised of “Syrian experts,” representatives of “civil society,” and “independents, tribal leaders and women.”

Damascus said a political solution should be led by and implemented by the Syrians themselves. Syrian officials say de Mistura is assuming a bigger role than he should, based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254-the U.N.’s “Road Map for Peace” in Syria. The resolution states: “The Syrian people will decide the future of Syria.” However, according to the U.N.’s interpretation of the resolution, the U.N. will choose a third of the committee. The composition of this third group is the main obstacle to an agreement.