5 November 2013

Tunisia: National Dialogue Suspended Until a Solid Ground Is Provided for Its Success, Says Abassi

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Tunisian National Dialogue.

Tunis — Tunisia's labour union UGTT Secretary General Hassine Abassi announced late on Monday evening that the quartet sponsoring the national dialogue had decided to suspend it until there is a solid ground likely to secure its success.

« It is pointless to carry on talks as they are held now, hence the decision of the quartet to suspend them », he said, adding that negotiations will start on Tuesday with political parties but not for long.

We have tried to iron out all the difficulties during Monday's session up to late at night, but we did not reach a consensus on the future prime minister, he acknowledged, stressing that what happened the same day at the constituent assembly during the adoption of the amendments to the assembly internal rules testifies to the lack of interaction with the national dialogue.

He added that the way things are going on in the assembly does not convey a reassuring message as to the will of making the constituent process a success through consensus. However, UGTT leader affirmed the will to continue dialogue saying « the quartet does not believe in failure and Tunisia has no other choice but dialogue ».

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