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U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a news conference after a meeting with the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) during peace talks at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


MOSCOW (Reuters) - United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura will head a new constitutional commission that will be set up at a peace conference in Russia this week, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing official documents.

Russia is hosting a two-day Syrian Congress of National Dialogue in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday and Tuesday which it hopes will launch talks on drafting a new constitution for Syria.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Polina Ivanova)

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