DAMASCUS, Sept 1 (KUNA) -- Nationwide national conciliation dialogue is due
to be launched on Monday as a prelude to holding a broad national convention,
the state-run newspaper, "Al-Baath," said in its edition published on Thursday.
The national dialogue, due to be launched on Monday and last till the 20th
of the month, would be held at the level of committees, set up in each of the
country's governorates, Al-Baath said.
The commissions, formed to prepare for the broad conciliation convention,
would include representatives of the government, political, social activists
and economic figures, leaders of the opposition parties, academic figures and
members of unions.
Agenda of the talks at the level of the commissions deal with political
reforms, economic and social affairs.
These committees will draft plans for reforms and specify the social and
economic needs in each of the country's provinces -- to be submitted to the
premiership. They will also list the candidates for taking part in the
scheduled general convention for the national dialogue.
Among the topics to be tackled, according to Al-Baath, are means for
preserving the national unity, facing the "external conspiracy, the questions
of the constitution, basic laws, political parties, the elections and role of
The conferees are also scheduled to address various other topics, namely
the financial and taxation policies, trade, protection of the national
product, investment affairs, employment, creating jobs, development of the
agricultural, industrial and energy sectors, as well as education and health
Al-Baath said implementation of plans for developing these sectors and
tackling these issues would be tied to schedules.
The government, facing popular unrest and protests by activists calling for
reforms, has vowed to press ahead with the process of reforms. (end)
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