Print Edition - 2015-03-22 | Nation
‘Expedite talks to keep March 25 deadline’
Mar 21, 2015-
Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman Subas Nembang on Saturday asked the leaders of major political parties to expedite negotiations on the disputed issues of constitution writing to keep the March 25 deadline.
Nembang has already warned the leaders that he would initiate the majority process in the CA if there is no consensus by March 25. He is of the view that consensus is still possible if the parties sit for the talks and adopt flexibility.
Addressing a programme in Kathmandu on Saturday, the CA chairman said that it would be unjustifiable to prolong the CA meeting any longer.
It has been almost one and a half months since Nembang put off the CA meeting to give the parties some time to resolve the contentions regarding constitution writing through dialogue.
“The political parties can strike a deal on contentious issues, but they do not have the will to do so,” he said. “The leaders who were capable of appointing chief justice as an executive of the country can also resolve the disputes.”
Despite Nembang’s ultimatum to the parties, the top leaders of major political parties are nowhere close to settling the disputes. Though they have been sitting for informal negotiations, there have not been any substantial progress yet.
Meanwhile, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman is leaving for China on Sunday for a week-long visit, which has cast further uncertainty on the future of the ongoing talks.
Furthermore, the UCPN (Maoist)-led 30-party opposition alliance has started the second phase of its protest.
The alliance plan to boycott the programmes attended by prime minister and ministers in the coming weeks. This could further reduce the chances of consensus among the parties.
Though CPN-UML has been insisting on resuming the CA process to continue the works related to constitution writing, the Nepali Congress (NC) is not willing to abandon the consensus process, not yet.
The NC leaders have already said that though they are in favour of consensus, the protest called by the opposition alliance has spoilt the environment for dialogue.
Published: 22-03-2015 08:01