Geneva, Switzerland

18 May 2017

Note to Correspondents: Statement on behalf of the Special Envoy for Syria

Earlier this week the Special Envoy informed the sides that he intended to establish a technical process to address constitutional and legal issues in the context of the intra-Syrian talks, which are proceeding in accordance with the mandate given to the Special Envoy pursuant to Security Council resolution 2254 (2015). Having taken into account observations and having moved beyond discussions stimulated by an internal UN paper, the Special Envoy is pleased to announce that experts from the delegation of the Syrian opposition announced on 11 February met today with experts from the Office of the Special Envoy, as an initial part of a process of expert meetings on legal and constitutional issues of relevance to the intra-Syrian talks.