Members of the different Syrian components meet for a dialogue workshop in Bucharest

From May 30 to June 4, the first dialogue workshop of the European Center for Kurdish Studies (ECKS) in 2018 took place in Bucharest. As in the previous workshops, members of different ethnic, religious and linguistic groups participated in the meeting. They were of Assyrian, Kurdish, Druze, Alawite, Yezidi and Turkmen background. Accordingly, they reflected the diversity of Syrian society, their perspectives enriched the debate about the cornerstones of a future Syrian constitution.

The discussions were based on the Istanbul-III-paper/31-points-paper, which was published after the last workshop in November 2017. The participants added new principles to the existing ones, of special interest were the topics of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. At the end of the workshop, the participants agreed on further cornerstones for a future Syrian constitution. The results of the workshop are summarized in the Bucharest I paper.