New York. November 1, 2019

Rev. Joseph Varghese, Executive Member for Religions For Peace and Executive Director, IRFT expressed great hopes for the success of the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which has begun its work this week.

Almost one year after his appointment by the UN secretary-general as special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen convened the 150 members of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva on 30 October to launch a “Syrian-led and Syrian-owned” process aiming at reforming the constitution or drafting a new one for the country.

The RFP is hopeful that this committee, including representatives of the government, the opposition and a wide range of civil society actors, will contribute to bringing a sustainable end to the tragic long-running conflict in Syria that has devastated the country and done such terrible harm to its people”, said Fr Varghese.

“We are also hopeful these meetings will include the Syrian Orthodox Church and provide a new opportunity for the UN-facilitated peace process to broaden the political process in line with UNSCR 2254, which designed a road map towards a ‘credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance” Fr Varghese added. The formula of Peace in Syria must be for the safety and security of all Syrians including Syrian Christians and the Syrian Orthodox Church must be an essential part of such initiative, and fabric of the Constitution, said Fr Varghese.