Syrian opposition figures to hold "national salvation conference": paper

08:30, July 04, 2011      

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Around 50 Syrian opposition figures announced their intention to hold a "national salvation conference" on July 16 to help find a way out of the current crisis that swept the country since mid March, private al-Watan newspaper reported Sunday.

The conference aims to lay out the main principals to find a suitable outlet for the recent crisis through a transitional phase agreed upon by the Syrians, and led by a national rescue government that would establish a new constitution, said al-Watan.

Meanwhile, around 200 social opposition figures are holding Sunday the "national initiative for Syria's future" conference.

The organizers told al-Watan newspaper that the meeting aims to "discover the third way," and expressed their wishes that the participants would reach "clear recommendations which will help to figure out the opinion of the silent majority in Syria."

The current unrest in Syria has sparked the need for dialogue between all forces that represent the Syrian people to find an outlet to the country's turmoil.

In his last speech, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called for the need to conduct a comprehensive national dialogue and said this dialogue has become the title of the "current phase."

The following day, his foreign minister Walid al-Moallem said whoever wants to test Syria's seriousness to make changes in the country should take part in the dialogue to help shape out the country's future.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) recently reported a national political dialogue planned by al-Assad would begin on July 10 and "all factions, intellectual personalities, politicians" would be invited.

Source: Xinhua
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