US for immediate dialogue, election
US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan W Mozena today reiterated his country’s stance for dialogue between two major parties of the country as well as holding an election as soon as possible.
The US government issued a statement in this regard on January 6 and the stance has not changed, he said during a meet-the-press programme at the American Centre in the capital.
The programme was organised to introduce Janina Jaruzelski, the new mission director of US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Speaking on the occasion, the USAID mission director said the US government would continue its assistance to the society’s poorest and vulnerable section with funds and will not change its policy.
In reply to a question about a recent USAID-funded survey conducted by Democracy International, a US-based NGO, Jaruzelski said: “The survey is a snapshot of the situation but it is not a reflection of the election.”
“The survey contains message for both the major political parties as 57 percent people said the election was not credible while 79 percent people said violence was wrong and not acceptable,” she added.
The survey also revealed that people of the country want another election before the current government’s five-year tenure is complete, she insisted.