President takes lead to end political impasse

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
President takes lead to end political impasse

Feb 6, 2015-

President Ram Baran Yadav has stepped up his role as an intermediary to bring the ruling and opposition parties together to end the political impasse through dialogue and consensus.

A day after his meeting with CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli, the President held talks with UCPN (Maoist) Chair-man Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha on Friday.

During the hour-long meeting, the President tried to dissuade the opposition leaders from taking any rash step that could derail the constitution drafting process. He reminded Dahal that as a signatory to the 12-point agreement and the Comprehensive Peace Accord, his party should play a constructive role in the constitution writing process.  

The central message of the President to both the ruling and the opposition leaders is to make a clear distinction between constitution writing and governance, said Surya Dhungel, legal adviser to the President. “Constitution drafting is purely a collective work and governance a responsibility vested in the ruling parties,” Dhungel quoted the President. President Yadav also urged the opposition leaders to withdraw protests and join talks.

The country could plunge into another conflict if either of the parties did not take any step to improve strained relations, the President warned the Maoist leaders.

President Yadav told the Maoist leaders that he had been assured by the leaders of the ruling parties that the constitution would be issued in broad consensus.

“I have repeatedly urged NC and UML leaders that the parties who fought together to bring the present changes should unite at this crucial juncture. While I continue to persuade NC and UML to give utmost prioriity to consensus, you should give me your word that your side will not take any step that spoils the environment for consensus,” Yadav told the duo.  Dahal said their decision to go for protest was out of compulsion, as NC and UML were trying to suppress their agendas in the constitution writing process.

“They are not willing to hear what we have to say, much less address our demands,” Dahal complained  about the ruling parties.

Published: 07-02-2015 09:58

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