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Wednesday, 30 April 2008

The advisers who concluded pre-dialogue talks with political parties Monday have started preparing recommendations on the topics discussed over the past weeks, and adviser said Tuesday, reports agency.

Following a meeting with three other advisers, commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman told reporters: "The pre-talks ended yesterday. Now, synthesis of the topics discussed is necessary."

"For this we will have to hold several more meetings between us. We will complete those today and tomorrow. We hope the recommendations will be presented to the council of advisers through the chief adviser on April 30."

The meeting at the housing and public works ministry was attended by communications adviser Ghulam Quader, law adviser AF Hassan Ariff, local government adviser Anwarul Iqbal and commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman.

Five advisers were tasked with holding the pre-dialogue talks, which began on Apr 7 as preparation for the government's formal dialogue with political parties.

They held separate meetings with political parties, including Awami League, both factions of BNP, Jatiya Party and Jamaat-e-Islami, with the business community, NGOs and union parishad representatives.

Government officials said the subjects which came up during the 22 days of discussion included release of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, announcement of an election date, withdrawal of emergency, holding local government polls before the national election and giving army power of arrest on voting day.

However, opposing views were aired on some key issues—while leaders of most political parties wanted immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency, Jatiya Party leaders said the election should be held under the state of emergency.

The advisers are expected to separate common issues, while subjects of disagreement will be arranged on the basis of importance, creating an the agenda for the main dialogue to be held in May headed by the chief adviser.

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