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Putin and Erdogan hail results of Syrian National Dialogue Congress


The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

Ethnic Armenian lawmakers of the Syrian parliament Nora Arisian and Jirair Reisian, as well as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Damascus Bishop Armash Nalbandian on January 30 participated in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, reports Armenpress.

Moscow said Syrian society will be fully represented at the meeting - the first of its kind held in Russian Federation - but nearly all confirmed delegates are from either President Bashar al-Assad's ruling Baath Party, allied movements or the regime's "tolerated opposition".

Ankara also blocked the participation of the main Kurdish group, which itself said it would not attend in protest against the unrelenting Turkish offensive launched against the enclave of Afrin in northwest Syria.

Russian Federation had reiterated that Sochi talks are not an alternative to the Geneva talks but as a booster to the United Nations peace process.


The Congress wrapped up with a final statement that set up a 150-member committee tasked with creating a draft constitution.

"In your final declaration today you've embraced 12 principles, developed in the Geneva political process, which describes a vision of Syria, that all Syrians should be able to share".

The new body is expected to meet in Geneva and work under the UN.

During the congress, a group of representatives from the armed Syrian opposition refused to exit the airport in Sochi arguing that they were "offended by the presence of the Syrian state's flag and emblem". "These principles are not revolutionary, these are the key norms of global law - respecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence of Syria, ensuring the rights of all ethnic and confessional groups, ensuring the political process that will leave no one behind, and which will allow the Syrians themselves to determine their own destiny, without any outside interference".

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