Nepal parties deadlock over peace process
Kathmandu: Amid the deadlock over Nepal's
peace process, political parties on Thursday stepped up the blame
game for the failure to conclude the reconciliation effort and
draft a new constitution for the country.
The ruling UCPN-Maoist slammed the opposition parties for
obstructing the 2006 peace process.
"The government has failed to gain momentum as the
opposition parties did not extend support to complete the twin
tasks of concluding the peace process and drafting of a new
constitution," Haribol Gajurel, the member of the central
committee of the party, said at a programme in the capital
However, the main opposition Nepali Congress party blamed
the government for not showing sincerity towards the peace
Ram Sharan Mahat of the Nepali Congress said the Maoist-
led coalition government and its partner Madhesi Morcha have
completely failed due to its opportunist character.
CPN-UML leader Shanker Pokharel accused Prime Minister
Baburam Bhattarai of deliberately delaying the peace process
and statute drafting.
Prakash Chandra Lohani, the chief of the Janashakti
Party, blamed the Maoist for the failure conclude the peace
It claimed that it has not shown any seriousness towards
implementing seven-point agreement reached among the major
political parties to expedite the peace process.
The parties have been deadlocked over the integration of
the former rebels into the national Army, stalling the
progress in the peace process.
Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have asked the Maoists to
settle the controversial issue relating to integration of the
former Maoist guerrillas into the military, which is a key
component of the peace process, before drafting a new
constitution for the country.
The Maoists and other major parties had agreed to
integrate a maximum of 6,500 former rebels into the
security forces as part of the agreement.
However, the opposition parties have rejected en masse
integration of the former Maoist guerrillas into the military
and underlined the need to integrate them on individual basis
as per the norms and standard of the Army.
The opposition leaders have warned that unless the
Maoists are prepared to dissociate themselves from the former
guerrillas there is no possibility of drafting the
constitution within the May 27 deadline.
The peace process has also been stalled amid the failure
of the political parties to agree on the form of governance
and federal structure.
The Maoists emerged as the single largest party following
the landmark Constituent Assembly elections in 2008 and are
leading their second coalition government.