Putin, Erdogan Express Satisfaction with Outcome of Sochi Conference on Syria

A statement released after the talks laid out 12 principles.

"Iranian forces entered Syria at the request of the Syrian government in order to help the Syrian government in the battle against terrorism", said Jaberi Ansari, who was leading the Iranian delegation to Sochi. "We are not trying to look into the future now".

The minister added that the establishment of the constitutional commission will be forwarded to the United Nations, in line with resolution 2254, the work of this new structure will be organized in Geneva.

It added that a final agreement is expected to be reached in the UN-led Geneva process on the mandate and terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure, and selection criteria for the composition of the constitutional committee. The support to these...

Organisers of the Sochi congress meant to bring together Syrians of all stripes to hammer out a new post-war constitution.

Turkey will instead represent the opposition groups at the conference sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing unnamed sources.

Lavrov brushed off criticism "from Paris, Washington and several other capitals" that the Congress is not representative enough.

Turkey was also said to be bringing representatives of some Syrian armed groups.

Attended by over 1,500 delegates of the Syrian government and the opposition, the congress concluded late Tuesday after nine hours of negotiations, covering topics on how to put an end to the seven-year civil war, possible amendments to the constitution and post-war reconstruction. Two-thirds will be chosen from supporters of Assad's government and one-third from the opposition.

  • Tracy Klein