Bahrain says opposition must reject violence

August 9, 2012 18:16

DUBAI - Bahraini opposition parties should denounce violence to demonstrate their desire for political progress, a government minister said on Thursday after rare meetings with opponents linked to more than a year of street protests.

Justice Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ali Al Khalifa has met several opposition leaders recently, according to state news agency BNA.Among the groups represented was the leftist party Waad, whose leader is among 13 men held for leading last year's uprising by demonstrators demanding more democracy.

"They must take clear and definitive positions, without giving any political cover to criminal acts," BNA said, citing Sheikh Khaled, a ruling family member, who called the meeting.

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