Independent parliamentarians meet to figure out solution to Syrian crisis

14:31, July 06, 2011      

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Some 70 former independent parliamentarians meet at the Family Club in Damascus, Syria on July 5, 2011, to discuss ways of reaching a peaceful solution to the nearly four-month-long crisis that swept Syria. The one-day meeting is titled "The Initiative of Independent Parliamentarians for a Modern Syria." (Xinhua/Bassim)

Around 70 Syrian independent parliamentarians held Tuesday a meeting in the capital Damascus as part of many conferences currently held in the country to figure out a suitable solution to the political crisis that has been rocking the country since mid-March.

The meeting was held under the title "the independent parliamentarians' initiative for a modern Syria" and aims to discuss the national dialogue and reforms, according to its organizers.

The meeting started with the Syrian national anthem and a minute of silence observed by the participants for those who were killed during the unrest in the past three months.

"We came here to participate in finding a way out of the current ordeal through presenting new visions of the reform process," parliamentarian Abdulsalam Rajha said in the opening speech.

Another parliamentarian Zakaria al-Selwani told Xinhua that " Dialogue is the only way to solve any problem," adding that "We as parliamentarians have discussed all the people's demands at the parliament."

The one-day meeting is expected to end with a number of recommendations to help quell the months of unrest in the country.

The meeting came one week ahead of the consultative meeting for national dialogue, which would be a prelude for the comprehensive national dialogue conference to lay foundations for changes in Syria.

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