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Nepalese leaders agree on `mechanism to monitor peace process`

Top political leaders in Nepal agreed to set up a mechanism to manage the arms and armed personnel of the Maoists and the military after the exit of the UN agency monitoring the peace process since 2007.



Kathmandu: Top political leaders in Nepal
today agreed to set up a mechanism to manage the arms and
armed personnel of the Maoists and the military after the exit
of the UN agency monitoring the peace process since 2007.

Maoist chief Prachanda, CPN-UML president Jhalanath
Khanal and Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala today held
a crucial meeting in the capital to end the current political
stalemate and to address the key issue of monitoring the arms
and armed personnel of the Maoists and the military after the
exit of UNMIN on January 15.

During the meeting, the political parties agreed in
principle to set up a mechanism that would provide alternative
arrangement after the UNMIN’s exit, said Nepali Congress
leader Ramchandra Poudyal.

The Maoist combatants will be brought under the
Special Committee comprising representatives of the major
political parties and a mechanism will be built to supervise
and monitor the Maoists combatants and the weapons, said
Poudyal, who remains the sole candidate for the post of the
premier despite being unable to garner a majority in 16 rounds
of run-off polls.

Differences have narrowed down in the meeting, he
claimed.

Nepal will hold the crucial election for a new prime
minister on January 12 as Speaker Subas Nembang today stepped
up consultation with political parties to end the over six
months long deadlock over the formation of a government.

The 17th prime ministerial run-off is likely to take
place on January 12, party sources said.

This time, however, the Prime Ministerial election
will be decisive. The Supreme Court has given directive to the
Parliament Speaker to make the election meaningful.

After the court?s directive, the Speaker has ruled
that no lawmaker who is present in Parliament can remain
neutral during the crucial voting.

If majority of lawmakers or 300 of them voted against
Poudyal during the 17th round of election, Nepali Congress
will withdraw from the election on moral ground, said a senior
party leader on condition of anonymity.

In such circumstances, a fresh round of election
will be held for electing a new Prime Minister.

The deadlock in Nepal`s peace process has sparked
concern among the international community as the United
Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) prepares to pull out its
staff by Janaury 15.

US Ambassador to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi has also
expressed concern over the stalled peace process. During a
meeting with Poudyal today, he urged Nepalese parties for
consensus in order to end the current political impasse.

"During the meeting we discussed about piloting the
peace process to a logical conclusion after the UNMIN`s
departure in mid January, the US envoy told mediapersons
after the meeting.

PTI

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