11/27/2011

BAHRAIN: Al-Wefaq Repeating Past Negative Stances, Justice Minister says



Manama-Nov27 (BNA) Bahrain has today reaffirmed its resolve to carry out therecommendations cited in the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI)Report.
It has also left the door open for any party "wanting to moveforward and embark on the reform march". Justice, Islamic Affairs andEndowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa today voiced the stance.
Hedeplored the decision of Welfaq Islamic Society to boycott the NationalCommission charged with BICI Report recommendations.
He described the decisionas reminiscent of Al-Wefaq's past negative stances.
He cited its walkout fromthe Parliament and refusal to engage in a national dialogue under theinitiative launched by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa,Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander.
The decision also brings to mindAl-Wefaq's withdrawal from the National Consensus Dialogue and boycotting ofthe legislative by-elections.
Shaikh Khalid described the BICI Report as adefining moment in national history as it gauges the deplorable events whichhit Bahrain and outlines a roadmap to address their aftermath.
He appealed toall parties to assume their responsibilities for the recommendations to be achieved– being a national trust and responsibility which must not be squandered.