UN's Guterres Announces Syria Constitutional Committee

The U.N.  chief said the committee would be convened in the coming weeks.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Monday (September 23) the formation of a constitutional committee for Syria, a long-awaited step in a stalled peace process.

"It will be facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva," Guterres told reporters, adding that it would be convened in the coming weeks. The United Nations sees the committee as a next step in efforts to find a political solution to end the more than eight-year war in Syria.

"I strongly believe that the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led constitutional committee can and must be the beginning of the political path out of the tragedy towards a solution in line with Resolution 2254, that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Syrians and is based on a strong commitment to the country's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity."

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Guterres among High Dignitaries Attending the Munich Conference

United Nations, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary General António Guterres participates today in the opening of the Munich Security Conference, an event with the participation of more than 21 high dignitaries.

In the 54th edition of the event there will be present heads of State and Government, foreign ministers and defense ministers of more than 80 countries, as confirmed by its organizers.

The fight against terrorism, the serious consequences of climate change and the growing conflicts in the world are some of the central themes of the conference.

The forum, which runs until Sunday, will have representatives of the great powers and the majority of regional actors involved in the current hotbeds of confrontation in the world. The situation in Syria, the future of the European Union and its relations with Russia and the United States, conflicts in the Middle East, cybersecurity, nuclear stress on the Korean peninsula and the worsening of relations between the Gulf countries are also included in the agenda.

Among the participants of the summit are the US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis; Russian Foreign Minister Serguei Lavrov; the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; the British Prime Minister, Theresa May; and the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

In addition, managers of global companies, academics and representatives of non-governmental organizations will be present.

According to the president of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, the world is in the middle of an arms race that does not benefit anyone.

In his view, international relations are currently in a bad situation due to the collapse of the international liberal order, the American withdrawal, the European weakness, the increase in warmongering rhetoric, and the rise of mistrust among global actors.

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