Expectations for the talks have been low, with Damascus and its Iranian and Russian allies having made gains on the battlefield [Martial Trezzini/Pool/Reuters]

The United Nation‘s envoy for Syria says first talks in Geneva on the country’s constitution involving Syrian opposition, government and civil society representatives have “gone much better” than many would have expected.

Geir Pedersen said on Friday that the two co-chairs of the constitutional committee from President Bashar al-Assad‘s government and the leading opposition have agreed to meet again on November 25, and that delegations would in coming weeks “hopefully come up with a work plan”.

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Representatives of both sides met to discuss a future constitution, part of plans for a political settlement to end eight and a half

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