Syrian peace talks begin in Russian Federation

Russia, a staunch Assad ally, is hosting what it has called a Syrian Congress of National Dialogue in the Black Sea resort of Sochi that it hopes will launch negotiations on drafting a new constitution for Syria after nearly seven years of war.

The Russia-organized Syrian National Dialogue Congress will be held in Sochi on January 29-30.

Syrian peace negotiations got under way in Russian Federation today without delegates from any of the major opposition groups, after Turkish-backed Syrian rebel representatives refused to leave the airport in Sochi.

"For this cause, many new committee have been formed and the most prominent of them are the follow-up committee of Sochi talks and the committee for discussing and exchanging views on new Syrian constitution", he added.

"There have been some problems with an armed opposition group arriving from Turkey, which said its participation depended on additional requirements", Artem Kozhin of the Russian foreign ministry said in comments reported by the TASS news agency.

Moderated by Russian Federation and Iran, in favor of Damascus, and Turkey, which supports a number of armed opposition groups, the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue kicked off on Monday and carried on until today, according to PressTV.

"The Turkish delegation withdrew in protest against the bad treatment that the Syrian armed factions' delegation had received at the Sochi Airport on Tuesday morning", said Al-Arabiya correspondent in Moscow.

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U.N. -brokered peace talks in Vienna between the Syrian government and opposition have ended, and the United Nations has yet to decide whether to attend a peace conference in Russian Federation next week, the host of the Vienna talks said on Saturday.

"The remarkable number of members from Syrian society attending the Syrian National Dialogue Congress (SNDC) is Sochi is a significant feature of this event", said Hossein Jaberi Ansari Iranian Foreign Minister's Special Assistant in Political Affairs.

More than three dozen other Syrian rebel groups, including influential Islamists, previously said they would not come to Sochi.

"I call upon you in the name of millions of Syrians to have mercy upon our country", Syrian government official Ghassan al-Qalaa said to the congress.

The Sochi Congress should have taken place in November 2017 but the exerted efforts collapsed following a lack of agreement among co-sponsors; Russia, Turkey and Iran. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is also attending the event. The first group of the congress participants arrived in Sochi yesterday.

The almost 1,600 delegates - representing organizations approved by the Syrian government, as well as the ruling Baath Party - set up a 150-member committee charged with creating a draft constitution.

According to Abzalov, Russia supports the idea of the multi-national state for the new Syrian constitution.

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