Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, during an interview with Radio Miraflores, has announced that 2017 will be the year of dialogue between government and opposition political forces. Maduro acknowledged that dialogue and cooperation are the only way to save Venezuela, battered by a serious economic crisis, also it announced that the CLAP, local committees of supply and production, in the coming days will deliver toys to the kids of the poorest zones of the Country.
As an upcoming Nov. 24 European Parliament vote on the status of EU-Turkey talks heats up the debate on Turkey’s stalled accession to the 28-member bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed continued dialogue while criticizing Ankara.
Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Secretary-general Hassine Abassi said, on Friday, that the difference between UGTT and the current government that wants to postpone the payment of wage increases, can only be settled through bringing justice to the rights holders, affirming that it is inconceivable to trample on this right. In a statement to the media at the end of a meeting with House of People’s Representatives Speaker Mohamed Naceur, Abassi added that UGTT is willing to return to the table of dialogue and accept possible options provided that this right is not violated. He pointed out that this consultation meeting, which was held at the initiative of Ennaceur whom he described as “a man of dialogue,” had turned on the difference between UGTT and the government. UGTT, he specified, still considers this government as the result of a large consultation between political parties and UGTT, which is still attached to the Carthage Document. For his part, Ennaceur underlined that dialogue will continue and that there is a real will and commitment on the part of the country’s senior officials to preserve the national union, overcome current difficulties and reinforce the citizen’s confidence in his country. There are proposals that will be looked at to reach a solution and iron out difficulties, he said.