08/01/2013 - Minister of Government Jorge Ricardo Fábrega said today that the government will deliver answers to the 33 points presented by the Frente Amplio por Colón (FAC) in the roundtable dialogue on Friday.
"Let's read the answers that the Ministry of Economy and Finance has prepared to responsibly comply with the plans and programs of the government of Colón," Fábrega said.
Fábrega said that issues that can't be addressed immediately will be further studied by the ministry to see how they can be included in future budgets.
The minister said that the protests being held in Colón today were not discussed at the dialogue, so he does not think they have any connection to the issues discussed there.
REQUEST FOR THE PRESIDENT
Members of the Frente Amplio por Colón (FAC) today petitioned President Ricardo Martinelli to go to the province and take part in the roundtable dialogue.
FAC Leader Felipe Cabezas said that the president should participate in the talks and not "make a political show."
He expressed frustration with Minister of Government Jorge Ricardo Fábrega, saying: "Nothing is feasible for Mr. Fábrega."
He added that the minister has maintained a negative, arrogant and overbearing stance. This has prevented the dialogue from moving forward, Cabezas said.
Henry Orozco, another FAC member, acknowledged that the talks have made no progress.
The FAC plans protests for today in Colón to demand action on the issues raised in the dialogue.
The government has said it will issue a response to the proposals presented by the FAC on Friday.
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