Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ayman Sousan affirmed Syria’s commitment to only what was voted on in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress that was held in Sochi, and it has nothing to do with anything that is contradictory to that.
Sousan told the journalists in a press conference on Tuesday at the Foreign and Expatriate Ministry that the missions, mandate, and number of members of the constitutional committee was set in the Sochi statement, and that these members are exclusively from the participants in the Congress, stressing that Syria’s position is clear on that, as it is not interested in any committees that are not completely Syrian in composition and chairmanship.
Sousan said that the Sochi Congress did not give to UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura any authority at all, pointing out that the Sochi draft statement included a final paragraph on the role of de Mistura which contradicted the Congress’ principle, which is that the decision must be Syrian without any foreign interference and therefore the members of the conference rejected this paragraph and voted by a majority to delete it.
He added that t representatives of de Mistura were present at the Congress and witnessed the Syrians’ refusal to have anyone play the role of custodian over any Syrian decision.
Sousan stressed the Syrian government’s commitment to the Syrian society’s opinion, particularly since the participants in the Congress represent large segments of this society.