Nepali president urges top leaders to forge consensus

19:44, May 27, 2010      

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Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav summoned top leaders of the three major political parties -- Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M), Nepali Congress (NC) and the Communist Party Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) on Thursday and urged them to move ahead through consensus.

The meeting came less than 48 hours before the expiry of the May 28 deadline to get a new constitution rolled by after which the mandate of the 601-member Constituent Assembly (CA), elected two years back, is more likely to become defunct if its term is not extended.

According to an report, during the meeting, the president discussed the looming political crisis and urged the top brass to come to terms for extending the CA tenure, which will expire Friday.

The meeting held for more than an hour concluded that the nation is moving towards confrontations and that there is no alternative to consensus to avert the constitutional crisis in the event of failure to extend CA's term before the May 28 deadline.

On the occasion, the president also inquired about the efforts being made to resolve the prolonged political deadlock, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal informed.

He said the discussion ended in a positive note and that there is a possibility of consensus among the parties at the three-party meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Talking to journalists briefly after the meeting, UCPN-M Chairman Prachanda said that attempts have been made to reach a conclusion.

Meanwhile, NC Acting President Sushil Koirala said the president urged the parties to move ahead to preserve the sovereignty of the country.

The president called the meeting of the top three guns a day before the May 28 deadline for writing the statute as uncertainty looms large over the extension of the CA tenure.

Earlier on Wednesday at the three party meeting, the ruling NC and CPN-UML and the main opposition UCPN-M failed to make any headway after the parties stuck to their respective guns as usual on two key issues: the UCPN-M demand for formation of a national unity government and the ruling parties' demand for fixing the number of UCPN-M combatants to be integrated.

Source: Xinhua


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