GENEVA / PEDERSEN SYRIA

01-Nov-2019 00:01:16
UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen told reporters in Geneva that the Constitutional Committee Large Body of 150 members had agreed on an agenda and on the composition of the 45-member drafting group who have all confirmed their participation in its first working sessions. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / PEDERSEN SYRIA
TRT: 1:16
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 01 NOVEMBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, reporters
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“Not only did we agree on an agenda, we also managed to agree on, via consensus, of a code of conduct for the deliberations of the meetings, and also for the future. And when I left I said that I was very impressed by the 150 members and by the work of the two cultures that managed to bring us all together.”
3. Med shot, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“And I emphasized it again of course, this is a Syrian process, it’s led by Syrians and it’s owned by the Syrians and it is all about meetings the aspirations of the Syrian people.”
5. Med shot, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We also agreed upon the 45 that will be working in the so called drafting body, the 45 members of that, and they will then be meeting on Monday. So on Monday the work continues and then we may see each other later in the week.”
7. Wide shot, Pedersen leaving the stakeout
STORYLINE
UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen told reporters today (01 Nov) in Geneva that the Constitutional Committee Large Body of 150 members had agreed on an agenda and on the composition of the 45-member drafting group who have all confirmed their participation in its first working sessions.

The Constitutional Committee Large Body of 150 members met on 31 October and 1 November in working sessions under the chairmanship of the two Co-Chairs. All Committee members were invited to make opening statements offering initial ideas on constitutional issues and suggestions for the drafting body.

Speaking to reporters today, UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen emphasized that it is a “Syrian process, it’s led by Syrians and it’s owned by the Syrians and it is all about meetings the aspirations of the Syrian people.”

The Committee also adopted by consensus a Code of Conduct for Members of the Constitutional Committee and Initial Procedural Practices of the Co-Chairs of the Constitutional Committee

The Special Envoy thanks the two Co-Chairs for working professionally with him and for their effective chairing of the first meetings.

Pedersen expressed his appreciation, and the appreciation of the Co-Chairs, to members of the Committee for their initial contributions and the professional manner of the first deliberations.

He was pleased to confirm that the Constitutional Committee continues its work in Geneva next week when a Small Body of 45 members begins its first working sessions on 4 November 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The Special Envoy also expressed his gratitude and that of the Co-Chairs to the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations Office at Geneva for their generous hospitality and continuing support for the work of the Constitutional Committee.
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