• Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Political Dialogue

Govt rules out prospect

It says that in response to Canada's inquiry

Diplomatic Correspondent

The government yesterday said it would go by the constitution after Canada wanted to know whether it had any plan to initiate a dialogue with the opposition parties that boycotted the January 5 election to find a "political mechanism" acceptable to everyone.
Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka Heather Cruden made the inquiry when she called on Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali at his office.
Mentioning that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life, Cruden wanted to know about the prospect of any political dialogue.
In response, the foreign minister reiterated the government's commitment to defend the sanctity of the constitution for the sake of institutionalising democracy.
He said that like all other societies, Bangladesh also had its own mechanism of establishing equilibrium in society.
Mahmood Ali said Bangladesh was progressing towards that equilibrium which involved polity, society, country and its people, according to a press release of the ministry.
He said it might look different to other nations because every country had its own way to development. When violence turns to terrorism, the state has no alternative to acting against that, he said.
Cruden said the Canadian government always condemned the violence in the strongest possible terms.
Meanwhile, she added that her government had given 8 million Canadian dollars to the International Labor Organization (ILO) for implementing projects in Bangladesh, which would assist the overhauling of the garment sector that recently suffered deadly accidents like the Rana Plaza collapse and Tazreen Fashions fire for lack of safety.

 

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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