Tunis — "The Ennahdha Party has partially accepted the roadmap offered by the Quartet for the period to come and has not totally and clearly committed to the different points of this initiative," Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Hassine Abassi said on Saturday.
Speaking at press conference held in Tunis by organisations sponsoring the national dialogue, Abassi indicated that the response of the Ennahdha party to the initiative of the Quartet remained "ambiguous," particularly with regard to the acceptance of the resignation of the government in the prescribed terms.
He considered the content of the statement released on Friday by the Ennahdha "ambiguous and bearing different interpretations."
Abassi said the "door to dialogue remains open to parties that have rejected this roadmap or expressed some reservation."
He, however, said that this situation cannot continue indefinitely, adding that organisations sponsoring dialogue will consult with their structures to come up with a proper position.
In this context, he called on some political parties to clarify their positions on the initiative of the Quartet in the next few hours or the next days, because the country needs, according to him, a political solution as soon as possible.
Abassi had previously spoken of the different phases of the national dialogue launched since October 2012 and resumed in May 2013, pointing out that "all these phases have not yielded tangible results."
With regard to the last initiative of the national dialogue launched by the Quartet to bring the country out of the crisis after the assassination of deputy Mohamed Brahmi, Abassi said consultations continued for over one month and 20 days to bridge the gap between the Troika and the opposition but have not yielded concrete results.
In this context, Abassi said several initiatives launched in parallel with that of the UGTT failed because most of the parties were committed to the latter.
With regard to the leaked document warning against a potential threat to Mohamed Brahmi, bassi said "it would be more appropriate to examine the causes behind the failure to react to this information than to look for the side that was behind the leakage of the document."
For her part, President of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) Wided Bouchamaoui stressed "the deterioration of the economic situation," because of the political crisis in the country. "This stifling crisis has pushed many foreign companies to leave Tunisia, causing a fall in investment and a rise in unemployment," she indicated.
Bouchamaoui warned against the proliferation of the phenomenon of parallel trade which has taken up to 50% of the capacity of the national economy. She emphasised the need to stop this "bleeding," through the establishment of a stable political climate to help the Tunisian economy bounce back.
Abdessatar Ben Moussa, President of the Tunisian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LTDH) said the worsening of the political crisis has led organisations sponsoring dialogue to launch this initiative to simplify the transitional process and promote dialogue.
Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, President of the Bar Association indicated that organisations sponsoring national dialogues were not simply mediators but rather sponsors of a serious initiative to overcome the crisis.