Syrian opposition says not to attend national dialogue meeting

10:52, July 08, 2011      

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The Damascus-based Coordination Body of Syrian opposition parties said Thursday that it will not participate in the forthcoming consultative meeting for the national dialogue, which is scheduled in Damascus for July 10.

Lawyer Hassan Abdel-Azim, general coordinator of the body, told Xinhua by phone that "the body has decided not to take part in the upcoming meeting because of the lack of suitable climate for the dialogue."

Other opposition figures told Xinhua by phone on Wednesday that they will not take part in the forthcoming meeting, saying that Syrian authorities "didn't consider our suggestions earlier about creating a suitable climate for national dialogue and still resort to the security handling instead of political solution to tackle the current crisis."

The consultative meeting for the national dialogue will be held in Damascus on Sunday as a prelude to the national dialogue conference that would supposedly lay foundations for the transition of Syria towards a democratic state.

According to Al-Watan newspaper, the meeting would discuss three substantial issues, namely, laying down the bases for the national dialogue conference through presenting a clear vision for Syria's economic, political and social future, reaching an agreement on the demanded constitutional amendments, and the endorsement of three draft laws that would introduce radical changes in public life.

Invitations have been sent to some 244 figures, including opponents of the Syrian government, to participate in the two-day meeting that would tackle the current situation in Syria and the proposed constitutional amendments.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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