UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura informs the press at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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The Syrian government has submitted a list of names to the United Nations as candidates for inclusion in a constitutional committee, U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura told Reuters Monday.De Mistura's spokeswoman Reem Ismail said the U.N. was carefully studying the list of names but declined to comment further.The main opposition negotiating group has agreed to cooperate as long as the committee is formed under U.N. auspices.Its submission of a list of names to the U.N. follows a meeting earlier this month between President Bashar Assad and his main backer, Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
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