Nepal PM seeks cooperation from Maoists

Welcoming Maoists` move to withdraw their indefinite strike, PM Madhav Kumar Nepal has sought cooperation of ex-rebels in speeding up drafting of Constitution.

Kathmandu: Welcoming Maoists` move to
withdraw their indefinite strike, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar
Nepal on Saturday sought the cooperation of former rebels in
speeding up drafting of the Constitution and completing the
peace process.

"I believe that the withdrawal of the strike will
contribute positively in the task of building consensus
collaboration and cooperation," Nepal said in a statement, a
day after Maoists withdrew their indefinite strike that
crippled normal life across the country.

"There is no way other than forging consensus and
cooperation among the political parties to complete the
drafting of the constitution and to conclude the peace
process," he said.

The Prime Minister said solution to all problems
should be sought within the constitutional framework and
through democratic procedures.

He also expressed confidence Nepalese political
parties will succeed in forging consensus among themselves and
complete tasks related to the peace process such as dissolving
the paramilitary structure of the Young Communist League of
the Maoists, returning the seized property, managing Maoist
combatants and converting the Maoist party into a civilian

"Democracy cannot be strengthened by causing pain to
the people, which we have seen recently," he said.
Amid intense pressure from the public, Maoists had
yesterday called off their 6-day-old anti-government general
strike following a 48-hour ultimatum to the former rebels by
the people reeling under a virtual siege.

However, the party will continue their protest rallies
even after withdrawing the indefinite strike to press for a
national government through consensus among parties.


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