UN envoy invites Syrian negotiators

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said on Wednesday he had invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting to be held next week in Vienna, Austria.

Staffan de Mistura said the January 25-26 meeting would focus on constitutional issues in Syria.

“The special envoy looks forward to the participation of both delegations in this special meeting,” Mr De Mistura’s office said in a statement.

“He expects that delegations will be coming to Vienna prepared for substantive engagement with him and his team with a specific focus on the constitutional basket of the agenda towards the full implementation of Security Council resolution 2254,” the statement added.

That refers to a text agreed by major powers that calls for a new constitution, UN-supervised elections and transparent and accountable governance.

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