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Updated: U.N. talks commence in Geneva for Syria and opposition, 3 members test positive for COVID-19

The Syrian Constitutional Committee, which opened its first session in nine months in Geneva on Monday (August 24), is “currently on hold” after three members tested positive for COVID-19, a U.N. statement said.

The office of U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen did not identify which three of the 45 members of the so-called small body of the Constitutional Committee were infected. One third is nominated by the Syrian government, one third by the opposition, and one third is from civil society.

“Following a constructive first meeting, the Third Session of the Constitutional Committee is currently on hold. The Office of the Special Envoy will make a further announcement in due course,” it said, adding that Swiss authorities had been informed and contact-tracing was under way.

Members of the Syrian government and opposition met in Geneva on Monday for the latest round of talks sponsored by the United Nations. The meeting was chaired by Pedersen and also included civil society delegations.

Also in attendance were co-chairs Ahmad Kuzbari, of the Syrian government, and Hadi al-Bahra, of the opposition, who met in the meeting with the goal of setting a schedule and a process for drafting a new constitution for the war-torn country.

(Production: Ardee Napolitano)

Members of the Syrian government and opposition met in Geneva on Monday (August 24) for the latest round of talks sponsored by the United Nations.

The meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee was chaired by U.N. special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, and also included civil society delegations.

Also in attendance were co-chairs Ahmad Kuzbari, of the Syrian government, and Hadi al-Bahra, of the opposition, who met in the meeting with the goal of setting a schedule and a process for drafting a new constitution for the war-torn country.

The U.N. Security Council in July had approved aid deliveries to Syria through one border crossing from Turkey, a day after its authorization for the six-year-long humanitarian operation ended, leaving millions of Syrian civilians in limbo.

The conflict is now on its ninth year, since Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on protesters in 2011, leading to civil war.

(Production: Ardee Napolitano)

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