Prachanda meets Koirala to patch up differences

In an apparent attempt to patch up their differences, Maoist chief Prachanda on Sunday met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to discuss the issue of appointment of ambassadors and pressed for promulgation of the interim constitution.

Kathmandu, Dec 24: In an apparent attempt to patch up
their differences, Maoist chief Prachanda on Sunday met Prime
Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to discuss the issue of
appointment of ambassadors and pressed for promulgation of the
interim constitution.

Koirala assured the top Maoist leaders that they would be
consulted prior to taking any major decision and the
government would promulgate the temporary constitution as soon
as the arms management is completed, said sources close to
Koirala.

The Maoists had earlier announced a two-day general
strike coinciding with the new year to oppose the
government's "unilateral" decision to nominate 14 ambassadors
to countries, including India .

However, after the government assured them that it will
not take any major decision without consulting them, the party
called off the strike.

Koirala has also offered the post of ambassador to
France to the Maoists, the sources claimed.

During his talks with CPN-Maoist Prachanda and party's
number two Baburam Bhattarai, matters relating to
appointments of ambassadors, re-establishing police posts and
reactivating the local governments mainly figured, said
Nepali Congress central member and Koirala's nephew Shekhar
Koirala.

"The Maoists were positive on reinstating the vacant
police posts outside Kathmandu and reactivating the village
development committees," he said.

They also discussed matters relating to expediting the
peace process including promulgating the interim constitution
and forming an interim government inclusive of the Maoists,
Shekhar Koirala Sais.

CPN-UML standing committee members Bharat Mohan Adhikari
and Amrit Bohara met the prime minister yesterday and
discussed the recent political developments.

Koirala assured them that the government would not take
any step that would jeopardize the on-going peace process.

Bureau Report

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