EU expresses concern over Nepal`s stalled peace process

The European Union has expressed concern over Nepal`s stalled peace process and delay in the drafting of a new constitution.

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011, 17:55 PM IST

Kathmandu: The European Union (EU) has
expressed concern over Nepal`s stalled peace process and delay
in the drafting of a new constitution.

The heads of EU diplomatic missions in Nepal have
expressed their concern at a meeting with Prime Minister Jhala
Nath Khanal.

Khanal assured them that his government was committed
to draft the constitution by May 28, a deadline set by the
county`s parliament.

"The government is committed to conclude the peace
process and the process of drafting the constitution within
the deadline of May 28," Khanal told the envoys, according to
sources at the Prime Minister`s office yesterday.

Besides, he assured the EU ambassadors that his
government would complete the integration and rehabilitation
of the Maoist combatants within 50 days.

The government has worked out modality to integrate
the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) of the Maoists at the
earliest, the prime minister told the envoys of UK, Denmark,
Germany France, Norway, Switzerland, Finland and Netherlands.

This was the first joint meeting between Khanal and
the envoys of the European countries.

The Prime Minister also appraised the envoys about the
current political situation.

Meanwhile, the UCPN-Maoist leaders also held meeting
with the senior leaders of Nepali Congress and discussed about
the overall situation of the country and put forward each
other`s position regarding the current political situation,
Nepali Congress sources said.

They also discussed about the ways to sort out
difference in integration of the Maoist combatants and the key
differences in drafting the constitution.

PTI