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Four parties once again miss their promise to find consensus on CJ led government

KATHMANDU: Amid speculation that the four major political parties would find consensus for forming the CJ led government for holding the elections of the constituent assembly and formed the government today, the talks among major four political parties on Tuesday failed to arrive at consensus on the formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and rank determination for former Maoist fighters.

Despite the key leaders’ promises to forge consensus on the most contentious issues—rank determination of the former Maoist combatants and formation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission—by today before presiding the Chief Justice at the helm of the election government, big four parties are once more stuck on the same issues.

The five-hour meeting of the four key political forces—the UCPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and United Democratic Madhesi Front—could not yield any decisions on the stated thorny issues today and again reaffirmed ‘consensus by tomorrow.’

According to leaders, who participated in the meeting, the meeting again entrusted the 8-member cross-party taskforce to seek the possible outlets on the issues.

Talking to journalists after the meeting CPN-UML leader Bam Dev Gautam informed that the taskforce will seek possible ways by tomorrow morning and meeting of the four major political forces to be held soon after will nail down the differences over the issues.

After several rounds of negotiations aimed at forging consensus to form an election government, the parties have reportedly agreed in principle to remove the provision of blanket amnesty for crimes of serious nature in the proposed draft of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to remove the constitutional hurdles in forming an interim government under the chief justice.

Published Date: Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 | 11:17 AM

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