Political deadlock continues in Nepal; NC, Maoists parleys fail
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 18:29
  
Kathmandu: High level parleys to end political stalemate in Nepal failed on Tuesday with the Maoists sticking to their demand that Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal should resign to pave the way for a national government.

The talks held between Unified CPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda and acting Nepali Congress President Shushil Koirala in Kathmandu to end the political deadlock failed to yield any concrete result as the two sides stuck to their stands.

NC asked the Maoists to take the peace process to its logical end by integrating and rehabilitating the Maoist combatants before discussing the issue of power sharing.

"We have also asked the Maoists to return the seized land and house belonging to different people and to dissolve the paramilitary structure of the Young Communist League of the Maoists so that an atmosphere of trust could be created," the party's president Shushil Koirala told PTI.

The Nepali Congress wants to see completion of the peace process and to move ahead the process of drafting the constitution, he said.

However, Maoist supremo Prachanda has demanded that Prime Minister Nepal should first quit in order to pave way for forming a national consensus government.

This was the first meeting between Nepali Congress and the UCPN-Maoist after the government registered a motion in the Parliament seeking extension of the Constituent Assembly that expires on May 28.

The Maoists have been opposing the government's move saying that they would not support such a deceptive move of the government without consulting the main opposition.

The two sides, however, agreed to continue their dialogue in order to find a way out from the current political stalemate.

Earlier, Maoists had said that they are open to discuss an alternative to party chief Prachanda as their prime ministerial candidate, but within their own ranks.

"We are ready to discuss about the alternative to Prachanda as prime ministerial candidate from within the party, but not from outside the party," UCPN-Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma had told PTI.

His remarks over the issue came in the wake of media reports that intra-party rift has widened in the Unified CPN-Maoist over the issue of electing a new Prime Minister.

Prachanda had said he was ready to dissolve the party's paramilitary organisation and facilitate the integration of its combatants with the army.

Prachanda, who is also the supreme commander of the Maoists' People's Liberation Army, said his party was ready to dissolve the para-military structure of the YCL, the youth wing of the party, and integrate and rehabilitate the Maoist combatants within four months.

On May 7 amid intense pressure from the public, Nepal's Maoists had called off their 6-day-old anti-government general strike that began on May 2 to force Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to quit.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 18:29


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