New round of Syrian peace talks to be held in Geneva on Aug. 24: UN

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GENEVA, July 24 (Xinhua) — UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen will convene a new session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee on Aug. 24 in Geneva, a UN official announced Friday.

Alessandra Vellucci, head of the information office of UN headquarters at Geneva, told a regular press briefing here on Friday that the special envoy has told the UN Security Council that he had confirmed the decision with the co-chairs of the committee.

Earlier on Thursday, Pedersen briefed the UN Security Council about the latest development of the Syrian situation, saying that he has encouraged all sides to prepare for a productive peace talks.

“I hope that thereafter we will be able to proceed in subsequent sessions in a regular, business-like and substantive manner,” he said.

The Syrian Constitutional Committee, which comprises representatives of the Syrian government, the opposition, and civil society, was officially launched in Geneva on Oct. 30, 2019, and then held two rounds of sessions in November last year, without making any major progresses. Enditem

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