Dahal meets koirala, Nepal to resume statute talks

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Dahal meets koirala, Nepal to resume statute talks

Mar 4, 2015-

UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Wednesday took a lead to reach out to the ruling parties and held separate talks with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and senior CPN-UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Amid mounting pressure from the ruling parties to start the CA proceedings for resolving disputed issues of the constitution, top leaders from the major parties have intensified informal talks in a bid to resolve constitutional disputes through consensus.

Both sides have claimed the meetings were positive, but they could not fix a date for formal talks.

The two sides have agreed to resume formal talks that broke down after a brawl in the CA on January 19, said Chunamani Khadka, an aide to Dahal. He added that they are yet to decide on the date of such meeting, though. Formal talks between the ruling and opposition parties collapsed over failure to forge consensus on disputed issues of the new constitution.

Sources, however, said that the two sides are likely to resume formal talks in three days. During the meetings, leaders have reached an understanding to seek consensus on disputed issues at the earliest to resume the formal talks.

Leaders are aiming for consensus on key disputed issues of the constitution, mainly on empowering prime minister or President and state restructuring and promulgation of constitution by May 29.

“Let’s start positive review and make the constitution writing process based on past pacts and spirit of Interim Constitution,” a source privy to Dahal quoted him as saying to the PM Koirala.

Dahal had reportedly reiterated his position of supporting the drafting process by registering note of dissent from his party’s side on forms of government if the  parties agree on state restructuring—the most contentious issue.  

In response, PM assured the Maoist chairman that the task of constitution writing process will be completed by bringing those forces pressing for developing the country into a federal set up.

In a separate meeting, Dahal urged UML leader Nepal to take initiatives to resume formal talks and ensure constitution through consensus. Dahal approached Nepal, one of the key leaders involved in the peace process, after the majority of leaders including UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli insisted on voting process to resolve the disputed issues.  

“As a leader involved in peace process for long, it would be wise to take initiatives from your side as well to complete the task of constitution,” Dahal reportedly told Nepal.

Stressing the need for consensus, Nepal urged Dahal to drop all their protest programmes and return to the negotiating table. “It would be better and easier to promulgate constitution as early as we can.

Otherwise, there will be more complications. Let’s complete the task of constitution writing and promulgate it by May 29 on the occasion of Republic day,” said Nepal.

Published: 05-03-2015 08:21

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