“We urge you to return to the inclusive process we had began in April and May 2015, which raised the hopes of organizing a serious dialogue that could come up with acceptable results,” the opposition parties, through their coalition dubbed National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), said on Thursday in a letter sent to Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine.


In September, during talks that had been boycotted by the opposition, Ould Hademine had unilaterally announced the start of dialogue in October 2015.

The statement said FNDU was ready to participate in dialogue with the ruling party as long as the dialogue is held in good faith and it is aimed at finding national consensus on major issues affecting the country.

“The last talks in September which were called unilaterally to prepare for the dialogue showed that the government was looking for something else other than dialogue with the opposition,” the statement said.

“Mauritania needs true dialogue and FNDU is ready to make its contribution toward that,” the letter reiterated.

In May 2015, meetings between the governing side and the opposition began to prepare for political dialogue. The two parties expressed their intention to cultivate a good environment that would facilitate the dialogue.

However, since then, no progress has been made and the two parties have continued to hold onto their hard-line positions. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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