UN chief concerned over impasse in launching national dialogue in Bahrain

09:05, March 11, 2011      

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Against the backdrop of popular unrest sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed concern over the current impasse in launching a national dialogue in Bahrain.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson's office, Ban called on all parties in Bahrain to "seize the moment and engage in a broad-based, peaceful and meaningful dialogue involving the political opposition and civil society in the interest of all Bahraini people."

Weeks after King Hamad bin Al-Khalifa asked Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa to initiate the process of national dialogue in the midst of anti-government protests, progress toward national reconciliation remains stalled.

The secretary-general said the offer creates "opportunity for all sides to address political and constitution reform and facilitate national reconciliation."

Source: Xinhua
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