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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Housing and public works adviser Ghulam Quader said on Monday that the government would consider conditions that might be insisted upon by the political parties for the proposed dialogues, if they were not 'impractical or illogical'.

He hoped that the parties would not place any 'impractical and illogical' conditions for the dialogues as they [political parties] were 'not opponents of the present government'

Staff Correspondent

Housing and public works adviser Ghulam Quader said on Monday that the government would consider conditions that might be insisted upon by the political parties for the proposed dialogues, if they were not 'impractical or illogical'.

He hoped that the parties would not place any 'impractical and illogical' conditions for the dialogues as they [political parties] were 'not opponents of the present government'.

'We will positively look into the conditions if placed by the political parties before the [proposed] dialogues…They are not our opponents,' Quader said in response to reporters' queries after a meeting with the senior officials of the public works ministry and the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha.

Referring to the chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's recent address to the nation, he said the process for the dialogue had started. 'You must have noticed in the chief adviser's address that the process for dialogue has started.'

He said that the government should lift the state of emergency immediately to facilitate the electoral process.

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed in his address to the nation on Saturday announced that the interim government would soon open dialogues with political parties for transition to democracy by holding free and fair elections.

One of the two major political parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has demanded that its chairperson Khaleda Zia should be released before the dialogue while the Awami League has said that the issue of the release of its chief Sheikh Hasina will top its agenda in the dialogue with the government.

Quader, also the communications adviser, said that the government in principle had decided to demolish all illegal structures raised on water bodies.

'The BGMEA Bhaban on the Begunbari canal or any such buildings, constructed illegally in water bodies, will be pulled down.'

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