MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that her country hoped to convene the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva early next year.
“We hope that this important body will be able to meet in Geneva and start working with the beginning of 2019 and achieve its goal of preparing the Syrian constitutional reform on the basis of which the general elections will be held,” Zakharova said in remarks quoted by the state media.
On the other hand, Zakharova considered that procrastination in sending the experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to Aleppo to investigate the attack last month contradicts the Chemical Weapons Convention.
“We assume that the delay in sending the experts of the mission of the Organization is contrary to the demands of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Chemical Weapons and common sense, because the incident resulted in the deaths of civilians,” asserting that Moscow insists on investigating this attack.
“On the one hand, the Syrian authorities provided certificates confirming the execution of the gunmen for this crime, and in return we hear statements from senior officials from a number of Western countries that the incident that took place in Aleppo on November 24 was organized by Damascus and even with Russian participation.”