Lawmakers Say Reconciliation Minister Remaining Silent on Calls for Coordinated Approach

Head of parliamentary reconciliation committee says Minister Haidar is yet to respond to requests for greater coordination between concerned bodies to speed up reconciliation work

The head of the reconciliation committee in parliament, Khaireddin al-Sayed, said that the National Reconciliation Minister, Ali Haidar, has not responded to the parliamentary committee’s request for greater cooperation despite visits to his office— still, up to this moment, he has not sent us any response to our questions.

The reconciliation committee, in its first meeting in two months, proposed a number of items which have an agenda, including communication with the Reconciliation Ministry and appointing an officer to liaise between the reconciliation committees and the concerned bodies to expedite reconciliation work, in addition to restructuring the reconciliation committees in the provinces and reviewing illegal committees.

In comments to Al-Watan, Sayed announced that a meeting of the council yesterday included discussion of adopting subcommittees in the provinces under the central committee headed by senior parliament members (not local notables). He said that it would have a large role in achieving reconciliations.

Sayed revealed that he would communicate with Prime Minister Imad Khamis to return staff laid off because of malicious reports, pointing to the development of a working mechanism to determine whether employees were fired unjustly or not.

Sayed said that he had agreed in the meeting to visit shelters and contribute to improving their conditions in coordination with the Local Administration Ministry and the Social Affairs and Labor Ministry, adding that there were good centers and others that needed more servicing, and that the reconciliation committee in this parliament would play a large role in that.

Regarding whether there was any conflict with the premiership’s reconciliation committees, Sayed said that the parliament committees’ work would be independent and not have any relation with other committees, but that this did not mean that it would not coordinate in reconciliation affairs in the area. He said that what was important was to achieve highly beneficial reconciliations.

The reconciliation committee has held a number of meetings with notables in the provinces, for example the people of Qadisiyeh and Douma in the Damascus countryside, as well as the people of the Hama countryside, who have expressed their readiness to reach a reconciliation in their areas.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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