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Four major parties held yet another futile talk for CJ led government

KATHMANDU: The efforts of four major political parties — UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front is yet to bear any fruit as they failed to reach into some thorny issues for forming the election government led by Chief Justice. Although the political parties are holding meeting everyday but they are yet to find consensus.

Before starting the meeting they claim that they will find consensus in the meeting but at last they could not make any progress as they remain adamant to their stances.

Today’s meeting of the leaders dwelt on the same sticking points– namely the draft of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), provisions to remove constitutional hurdles for installing a CJ-led government and ranks for the former Maoist combatants to be integrated into the Nepal Army

In today’s meeting they could not find consensus as UCPN-Maoist leaders attending the meeting demanded that the senior ex Maoist combatants undergoing training given at least a colonel and two lieutenant colonels posts in the Nepal Army.

However, the proposal was rejected by the NC and UML leaders saying that the decision cannot be determined through political agreement. NC and CPN-UML are only in favor of giving the post of Major to Maoist combatants. UCPN-Maoist also want to pass the Truth and Reconciliation bill, which has many flaws and it might give impunity to the persons involved in grave human rights violations, along with the decision.

Before the four-party meeting, UCPN (M) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal had a discussion with UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal in an attempt to narrow down the differences.

After the Friday’s meeting, the Maoist leaders had said formal consensus was delayed as the CPN-UML leaders expressed reservations on the Maoist stance on TRC and ranks for the combatants while the NC has appeared soft on them. The major four political parties have agreed to form the election government led by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi but they have not resolved contentious issues for the CJ led government even after having many round of talks since past few weeks. The leaders agreed to continue the talks to hammer out differences among them.

Published Date: Saturday, March 9th, 2013 | 10:17 AM

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