Bahrain talks may start this week
Manama, January 26, 2013
The multilateral talks initiated by His Majesty King Hamad to end political stalemate in Bahrain could begin within a week, said a report citing Minister of State for Information Affairs and Bahrain's official spokesperson Sameera Rajab.
The dialogue could begin by the end of this month or early next month depending on how fast parties concerned nominate their representatives, Rajab was quoted as saying in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
"Any steps approved through consensus will be implemented through constitutional institutions," she stated.
Parameters set for the dialogue in 2011 will be followed this time too, she added.
Rajab stressed that there is a strong determination on the part of the state for the dialogue to materialise and Bahrain to restore normalcy.
"The dialogue will be restricted to Bahrainis as expatriates have nothing to do with internal political affairs," the minister said.
Recent calls for unauthorised demonstrations reflect the lack of credibility among certain political parties as well as their lack of interest in resuming the national consensus dialogue, she pointed out.
"Therefore, we call on all political components that have sincere intention to participate in the national dialogue to stop all illegal activities that adversely affect both Bahrainis and residents, as well as work positively within the initiative of His Majesty King Hamad to resume the dialogue in the interest of the nation," she added.
The talks have won the backing of the European Union as well. Welcoming the talks, EU representative Anna Carin Krostade said, "All parties in Bahrain must join ranks for the success of a national dialogue initiated by His Majesty King Hamad."
She was speaking on Friday at an EU session reviewing resolutions against Bahrain in Strasbourg, France.
Inese Vaidere, the head of European Parliament's subcommittee on human rights, who recently chaired a delegation to Bahrain, said the resolutions were unbalanced as they were issued without considering her delegation's report. She said the situation in Bahrain had very much stabilised.-TradeArabia News Service