After a nine-month pause, the Assad regime, NGOs, and the Syrian opposition gather in Geneva to start talks on a new constitution for the country.
Russian presidential envoy Alexandr Lavrentyev says that moderate Syrian opposition makes "quite a large force" with possibilities to expand its presence in volatile Idlib, displacing radicals.
Geir Pedersen said he presented a proposal to the constitutional committee but his proposal was rejected by the representatives of the Syrian regime and accepted by the opposition.
A tripartite statement said the next international meeting on Syria in the Astana format will take place in Sochi in mid February.
The first session in nine months is aimed at making progress in drafting a new Syrian charter to pave the way for UN-sponsored elections.
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