The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has announced the creation of a constitutional committee on Syria that will include government and opposition representatives.

The announcement on Monday came a week after Guterres said an agreement was reached concerning “the composition of the committee”.

“I’m pleased to announce the agreement of the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Syrian Negotiations Commission for a credible, balanced and inclusive Constitutional Committee that will be facilitated by the UN in Geneva,” Guterres said on the eve of the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

“I firmly believe that the launching of a Syrian-organised and Syrian-led constitutional committee can be the beginning of a political path towards a solution [to the conflict].”

Al Jazeera’s James Bays,

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