Bhattarai justifies concerns in India over Nepal`s deadlock

Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 20:21

Kathmandu: Maoist Vice Chairman Baburam
Bhattarai Sunday justified concerns expressed in neighbouing
India over Nepal`s stalled peace process, as he underlined the
need for consensus among the main parties to end the political
crisis that has delayed the promulgation of new constitution.

The uncertainty in the 2006 peace process has sparked
concern in Nepal as well as India, which has a special
security relations with Kathmandu as the two countries share a
large open border.

The Indian leadership has repeatedly underlined the
need for the Nepalese political parties to agree on a
consensus to push forward the stalled peace process, which has
delayed the promulgation of new constitution by parliament
whose term is set to expire on May 28.

The concern shown by India, which surrounds Nepal from
three sides, over the current situation in the country, is
natural, Bhattarai told reporters in the capital.

The top Maoist leader said the political parties
should move forward maintaining cordial relations with all
international forces including India.

Political parties in the country are deadlocked over
some of the key issues of the peace process, including
the fate of the former Maoist combatants, amid demands by the
former rebels for their en masse integration with the security
forces.

Most of the mainstream political parties have asked
the Maoists to rehabilitate their former PLA combatants,
return the seized property and dismantle their paramilitary
youth wing, Young Communist League, so that a consensus can be
built on drafting a constitution and concluding the peace
process.

Bhattarai said it was essential to forge an
understanding between UCPN-Maoist, the largest party in
Parliament, and the main opposition Nepali Congress to end the
political deadlock over the framing of a new constitution.

An understanding between Nepali Congress and the
Maoist was crucial for resolving the current political impasse
in the country, he said.

The coalition government led by Prime Minister Jhala
Nath Khanal has registered a bill in parliament proposing a
one-year extension for the 601-member Assembly.

Bhattarai said that the Maoist and the Nepali Congress
must endeavour for consensus and other parties must bolster
political unity for the sake of peace.
He said the major parties must strike a package deal
before extending the term of the Assembly and move forward by
forming a national consensus government.

Bhattarai staked the claim of the Maoist to lead a
national government since it was the single largest party in
Parliament.

In response to a question, he said the former Maoist
guerrillas of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must come
under state’s purview as outlined by the 2006 Comprehensive
Peace Accord (CPA) and the interim constitution.
On differences within the Maoist party, he said the
chapter is closed.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 20:21

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