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Indian envoy meets PM Nepal

Last Updated: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 20:28

Kathmandu: Indian ambassador to Nepal,
Rakesh Sood, on Tuesday met Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and discussed developments in the country, a news report said.

Sood, who met the Prime Minister at his residence in
the capital, discussed bilateral issues and recent political
developments in the country, including efforts to end the
political standoff through a consensus, the Himalayan Times
online reported.

He also discussed the delayed constitution drafting
process and the peace process which have been stalled due to
differences among the political parties, the report said.

The government and the main opposition UCPN-Maoist
remain deadlocked over the May 28 deal to extend the term of
the Constituent Assembly by one year.

CPN-Maoist party, with nearly 40 percent of the
parliamentary seats, has refused to give up its demand for a
national government under its supremo Prachanda to rescue to
the peace process.

Even as embattled Prime Minister has agreed to step
down as part of an eleventh-hour deal, the ruling alliance has
refused to give a time frame for his resignation.

Leaders of the three major political parties -- the
UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the prime minister`s
Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) -- have
repeatedly met but failed to reach an agreement end
the standoff.

The Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, the two largest
parties in the ruling 22-party coalition, have asked the Prime
Minister not to resign unless the Maoists agree to a six-point
agenda, including the integration of the former PLA combatants
and the dissolution of the paramilitary structure of the Young
Communist League, the youth wing of the former rebels.

They also want the Maoists to return all properties
captured by them during the decade-long insurgency that came
to an end in 2006.


First Published: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 20:28
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