U.N. Special Envoy to Syria and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister discuss pushing Syrian political process forward

GENEVA – The U.N. Special Envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, discussed the possibility of a peaceful and political settlement of the Syrian Civil War with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin during a telephone conversation. The pair also discussed preparations for the next constitutional committee session in Geneva.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that, “Vershinin and Pedersen discussed in detail, in their telephone conversation yesterday, all the issues related to pushing the political process forward by the Syrians themselves, with the support of the U.N., in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254.”

“The Russian and U.N. representatives discussed in particular the preparations for the next meeting to be held by the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva,” the statement added.

U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Pedersen revealed earlier a new date for the Syrian Constitution Committee meeting, which has been deactivated for months. The U.N. Security Council has informed that it is currently preparing for a new round of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which may be held at the end of August.