UN envoy sees delay in Syria political process
"We have no agreement yet," he told a virtual UN meeting.
"But assuming full agreement is confirmed, the plan would be to reconvene sometime in November," he said, without confirming the date of November 23 mentioned by some diplomats.
It would be the fourth meeting of the small group on constitutional reform and involve some 45 representatives of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, the opposition and civil society.
Richard Mills, the US deputy representative to the United Nations, called the lack of progress "both regrettable and unacceptable."
"We believe it is time now to tell the Assad regime that enough is enough," Mills said.
The French ambassador, Nicolas de Riviere, accused Assad's regime of playing for time.
But Assad, with support from Russia and Iran, has won back control of most of the country.
"It is important to give the Syrians the opportunity to negotiate without interference from the outside," said the Russian ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia.
"The work of the constitutional committee should not be subject to any deadlines," he said.
The constitutional process, launched in October 2019, aims at drafting a constitution acceptable to all sides that will pave the way for elections.
The money will be used to provide medical supplies, improve water access, sanitize displacement camps and improve conditions at schools, he said.
Lowcock said that Syria likely had "far greater" than the 13,500 Covid-19 cases officially reported and voiced particular concern for the spread of the pandemic in densely populated camps.