Results of Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

A Turkish Forces vehicles is driven past people watching at the Oncupinar border crossing with Syria known as Bab al Salameh in Arabic in the outskirts of the town of Kilis Monday Jan. 29 2018. Renewed clashes erupted on Monday on a strategic hillto

A proposal to form a constitutional committee was agreed on Tuesday at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Russian city of Sochi, organized by Ankara, Tehran, and Moscow, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress kicked off in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.

The U.N. backed talks in Vienna - which the SNC did attend - also failed last week to move any closer toward a political solution, following eight rounds of similar talks in Geneva.

But diplomats and analysts said the statement's impact was diminished without the participation of Syria's political opposition and Kurdish representatives, important constituencies in a country torn apart by one of the most destructive conflicts of the century.

The hosts did not provide a full list of delegates. Euronews reporter in Sochi, Galina Polonskaya, summed up what the conference had been about.

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Russian military might has helped tip the near seven year-long war in Syrian President Bashar al Assad's favour.

"It's hard for them to announce anything of outcome because they don't have everyone here that matters, " said Neil Hauer, an independent analyst monitoring Russian activity in Syria's conflict, speaking from Sochi.

Authorities from Syria's Kurdish autonomous region said at the weekend they would also boycott the event because of the ongoing Turkish offensive on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin. When Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a speech to kick off the conference, he was heckled by delegates who accused his government of killing Syrian civilians with airstrikes meant to support the Assad regime.

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

The Syrian National Dialogue Congress, backed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, aims to bring all the warring parties in the Syrian conflict, excluding terror groups, to the table to facilitate the United Nations -sponsored peace talks in Geneva.

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