US asks Nepalese parties to arrive at consensus
Kathmandu: With just three days left for drafting of new Constitution, the US on Monday appealed to political parties in Nepal to arrive at a consensus to move forward with the peace process to resolve the political crisis.
US Ambassador to Nepal Scott H Delisi met Nepali Congress vice president Ramachandra Poudyal and conveyed America`s concerns over the political crisis in Nepal.
"US wants to see Nepalese political parties forge consensus to move ahead the democratisation process and the peace process to end the crisis," sources quoted Delisi as telling Poudyal.
The term of the Constituent Assembly expires on May 28 and a new constitution should be drafted by then. But the government is planning to amend the constitution to extend the term of the current house for one year so that it could draft the new Constitution by then.
The envoy also told the NC leader that it is job of the Nepalese people and political parties to create a favourable atmosphere for resolving the crisis and that the US was ready to extend help, a Nepali Congress statement said.
The NC leader said the party wanted early resolution on issues like extension of the term of the Constituent Assembly and managing of the Maoist combatants.
Poudyal also told the UN envoy that the NC also wants resolution on transformation of the Maoists` paramilitary organisation and returning of the seized property through a deal.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal met President Ram Baran Yadav at the Rastrapati Bhawan and apprised him of the political situation in the country and his efforts to bring a consensus among political parties to extend the term of Constituent Assembly (CA) that will expire on May 28.
Three major political parties -- ruling Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), the Nepali Congress and the main Opposition Unified CPN-Maoists -- are meeting today to in a last ditch attempt to strike a deal to avoid a constitutional crisis.
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