The head of Media Office and member of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee, Yahya al-Aridi stated that there is no serious proposal for joining the Autonomous Administration of northeastern Syria in the Constitutional Committee and it is still within the framework of the assumptions.
In an interview with North-Press regarding a U.S. proposal for the Autonomous Administration to be part in the High Negotiating Committee along with the opposition, al-Aridi said: "There is no serious proposal in this direction until now, we still make assumptions, when this issue is seriously raised, then we will talk about at that time.”
On September 9, 2019, the United States Special Envoy to Syria Engagement, James Jeffrey said that, "North-eastern Syria will have a representation (in the Constitutional Committee). Among the 50 people chosen by the U.N., there are representatives for north-eastern regions.”
In an interview with al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper last week, the head of the Executive Board of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Ilham Ahmed stressed that, "We believe in the political solution to settle the Syrian crisis, and to work with the U.N. in accordance with Resolution 2254. We would not be part of any other tracks, whether Sochi or Astana.”
"We are with the peace process in Geneva, with its four chains, and we will be part of the Constitutional Committee to write the future of our country, and if the Russian efforts are set in this direction, we will be with it,” she confirmed.
With regard to the Syrian government, al-Aridi stated that Damascus has no desire to work with the Constitutional Committee and it didn't request a meeting of the Constitutional Committee, except after a Russian pressure.
"The Syrian regime didn't request the meeting of the Constitutional Committee, and its approval was with a Russian pressure and it doesn't stop talking about the foundations and the national constants for the sake of a constitution, as this matter will take us into endless labyrinths,” he said.
On February 9, the pro-government Syrian newspaper al-Watan reported that the Syrian government's delegation had presented an agenda proposal in several scenarios to facilitate the holding of a new round, which is expected to be held in early next March.
In light of the military advancement of the Syrian government forces and their control over more lands in Idlib countryside, al-Aridi said: "The advancement which the regime is making on the ground isn't by its own, but it is via the Russian aircraft. It is true that the regime will increase its intransigence with this advancement, but the issue today is no longer geographical, and it doesn't control the conduct of the negotiations in the Constitutional Committee.”
The Syrian Constitutional Committee was launched on October 30, 2019 as a first step to find a way out for the Syrian crisis and reach a permanent solution in line with the Security Council Resolution 2254.