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Secretary-General Welcomes Bahrain King’s Initiative to Convene Political
Dialogue, ‘Affirmative’ Response from Opposition Groups
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes theinitiative of King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifaof Bahrain to convene a political dialogue and the affirmative response from six opposition societies and other societies. The Secretary-General has consistently called for dialogue and hopes that the parties will follow through on their announcements and ensure that the dialogue is well prepared, meaningful, fully inclusive, and addresses the legitimate aspirations of the Bahraini people. This initiative is an important first step towards reforms that ensure justice and human rights for all Bahrainis.
He expects that all communities will be represented fairly and freely, and calls on all Bahrainis to contribute to creating a conducive atmosphere for a successful dialogue.
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