US envoy holds key talks with Prachanda amid political crisis

Last Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 19:34

Kathmandu: Amid the political deadlock
over the formation of a new government, the US ambassador to Nepal on Thursday met Maoist supremo Prachanda in the capital to
discuss the stalled peace process, particularly steps to push
it forward after the end of the term of the UNMIN in Janury.

Scott H DeLisi today met UCPN (Maoist) Chairman
Prachanda and discussed the current political stalemate and
the peace process that has been stalled due to the
constitutional crisis in Nepal.

The envoy told reporters after the meeting that they
also discussed steps for an effective transition after the
exit in mid-January of the United Nations Mission in Nepal
UNMIN, which is currently tasked to monitor the arms and the
former Maoist combatants housed in the various camps in the
country.

DeLisi said they also discussed the need to move
forward the ongoing peace process and to end the current
political deadlock.

Last week, the US said it is committed to lend support
to the peace process after the UNMIN ends its mandate in the
country. The UNMIN`s extended tenure is set to expire on
January 15, 2011.

Nearly four months after the 22-party coalition led by
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal collapsed, 13 rounds of
elections in Parliament have so far failed to elect a new
leader.

The country has been in political limbo since the
June 30 resignation of Nepal. It has stalled the country`s
peace process and delayed the annual budget, bringing the
nation on the brink of financial crisis.

The US envoy also discussed other key issues including
Prachanda`s recent visit to China, the framing of a new
constitution, the integration and rehabilitation of former
Maoist combatants, according to a private television.
Nepalese lawmakers have failed to end the uncertainty
over the formation of a new government as Nepali Congress
leader Ram Chandra Poudyal, the sole candidate for the post of
prime minister, was unable to garner a majority support for an
unprecedented 13th time in a row on Tuesday.

The Maoists, who joined mainstream politics after the
2006 peace deal with the interim government led by G. P.
Koirala, won the largest number of parliamentary seats in the
April 2008 elections.

The Maoists led by Prachanda formed a government, but
it later collapsed after a dispute with President Ram Baran
Yadav over their attempt to replace the then army chief
Rukmangad Katwal.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 19:34

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