Egypt: Presidency Announces Results of National Dialogue

The Presidency announced the results of the national dialogue session called for by President Mohamed Morsi. It was attended by some political leaders and figures.

During a press conference at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday 29/1/2013, Presidential Spokesman Dr. Yasser Ali said that during the dialogue session, the President reviewed in detail the current situation and clarified the issues that were discussed in the meeting of the National Defense Council.

The Spokesman added that the most important recommendation of the Council was the return of the national forces to continue the dialogue on the political differences and the means to reach a national consensus.

The meeting stressed the importance of distinguishing between peaceful legitimate demonstrations staged by the noble Egyptian youth and acts of violence and thuggery and arsons.

The meeting also concluded that the State should be decisive in restoring security allover Egypt, and demanded the political forces to condemn violence clearly, renounce it and call for not taking part in it.

The spokesman said President Mohamed Morsi stressed that the declaration of the state of emergency in the cities of the Canal is a procedure we do not want, but had to be taken due to considerations of protecting the homeland and the citizens and secure the lives and facilities, and is not intended to prevent peaceful demonstration.

The President also underlined that no one can imagine that this measure is directed against our people in the three Canal cities who have always been the spearhead throughout the history of Egyptian national struggle.

In response to the demands of the dialogue committee, the President has promised to present a report on the overall security situation to the coming national dialogue session next week. Upon the reading of the meeting to the extent of security improvement, the proper decision will be taken, whether to keep the state of emergency for a month, shorten it, limit it to certain places or lift it altogether.

The President pledged to ensure the continuing commitment to integrity and transparency of the upcoming parliamentary elections and adhere to the regulations and suggestions hammered out by the national dialogue to ensure such integrity and transparency.

Regarding the issue of the proposed amendments to some constitutional provisions, the Spokesman said the President renewed his commitment to what he announced in the first round of the national dialogue on 2/12/2012 of submitting the amendments agreed upon by the dialogue committee to the coming House of Representatives once held.

The participants in the national dialogue session agreed on the formation of a legal and political committee to review and classify the proposed amendments to present them to all political forces taking part in the dialogue sessions. This committee will be composed of ten members (five professors of law and five politicians representing the main political trends), including representatives of opposition forces that have not attended the dialogue.

Ali said the attendees stressed the importance of the signing of documented minutes for each session of the dialogue to guarantee more transparency to the details of what was agreed upon.

For their part, the participants emphasized the commitment of each party to fulfilling its obligations within the framework of the general consensus reached during the meetings, and emphasized the importance of national dialogue and the need to expand it in terms of the participating forces and issues under discussion.

The call on various political forces to take part to set the details of the items of the dialogue agenda in the coming days was renewed. The Presidency will re-make direct contact with the political and national forces who have not taken part in the national dialogue to persuade them to participate. In addition, specific committees will be formed to address the issues set for dialogue and to expand its circles to include various national forces. These committees include a committee for dialogue with youth, a committee for national reconciliation, a committee for electoral guarantees and a committee for economic reforms and social rights.

The spokesman said that the dialogue concluded with an appeal from the participating political forces to uphold the values of the nation-building and rise above narrow gains that hinder completion of democratic political institutions that are the only way to the hoped-for development.

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