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UN chief announces formation of Syria constitutional committee

UN Secretary-General announced Monday the creation of a on that will include Assad regime and opposition representatives. "I firmly believe that the launching of a Syrian-organized and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee can be the beginning of a political path towards a solution to the years-long war," UN chief told reporters.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Monday the of a constitutional committee for , a long-awaited step in a stalled .

"It will be facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva," Guterres told reporters, adding that it would be convened in the coming weeks. The sees the committee as a next step in efforts to find a political solution to end the more than eight-year war in Syria.

Syria has been gripped by conflict since 2011 when demonstrations seeking democratic reforms were fiercely cracked down on by the Syrian regime.

More than half a million people have died in the ensuing conflict and millions more have been displaced as large swaths of Syria have been reduced to rubble.

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