Syria's national dialogue body invites prominent opposition figure

09:37, July 05, 2011      

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A prominent Syrian opposition figure said Monday that he was invited to take part in the forthcoming consultative meeting scheduled in the capital of Damascus for July 10.

Lawyer Hassan Abdel-Azim, the secretary general of the Arab Socialist Union party and the spokesman for the National Democratic Gathering, told Xinhua by phone that the national dialogue body, which was set earlier by Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, had sent an official invitation to the coordination body of the national opposition parties.

Abdel-Azim, however, refused to confirm whether he or what he represents will take part in the consultative meeting, saying this should be discussed in a meeting with opposition parties.

"I'm not authorized to give an opinion in this regard," He said.

Abdel-Azim has recently announced the formation of the " National Coordination Body for Democratic Change" with the participation of the parties of the opposition democratic national gatherings and six Kurdish parties.

The body aims to unite the stands of the Syrian opposition at home and abroad.

The current unrest in Syria has sparked the need for dialogue among all forces that represent the Syrian people to find an outlet.

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

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.

Syria's official SANA news agency recently reported that a national political dialogue planned by al-Assad would begin on July 10 and "all factions, intellectual personalities, politicians " would be invited.

Some 50 opposition figures announced Saturday in a statement that they would hold a "national salvation conference" in Damascus on July 16 to put forward "general principles for the future perspective to get out of the current crisis."

Source: Xinhua
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