Some Syrian dissidents to reject national dialogue meeting

14:44, July 07, 2011      

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Some Syrian opposition figures said Wednesday that they will not take part in the forthcoming consultative meeting for the national dialogue, which is called for by the Syrian authorities and scheduled in Damascus for July 10.

Michel Kilo, a writer and prominent dissident, told Xinhua by phone that "I will not attend the consultative meeting," adding " the Syrian authorities still resort to security handling instead of political solution to tackle the current crisis."

Another dissident Loai Hussain told Xinhua that he will not participate in the meeting, saying "the Syrian authorities didn't consider our suggestions earlier about creating a suitable climate for national dialogue," adding "there is no point of this meeting. "

The coordination body of Syrian opposition parties, which was set to unify the opposition stands at home and abroad, will hold a meeting on Thursday to decide whether to participate in the consultative meeting or not.

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, however, opposition activists, most live outside Syria, said it's too late for any efforts to bridge the gap between the regime and the protesters.

Activists say security forces have killed more than 1,400 people across Syria since the beginning of the unrest in mid-March, while the authorities disputes the toll, pinning the blame of the unrest on gangs and armed groups that aim to foment a sectarian strife in the country.

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

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

Source: Xinhua
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