Summit talks between the seven-parties and the CPN Maoists on Tuesday have agreed to hold the constituent Assembly polls by Mid June next year. The second day meeting among the series of talks which kicked off Sunday has also agreed to give the election commission the full shape and suggest it to make preparations for the election.
However, the parties have failed to reach agreement on any of the much awaited issues of interim constitution, arms management, interim government and legislative. The meeting has ended with the promise to resume Thursday. In a press meet organised to publicise the progresses on Tuesday’s talks, convenors of both the government and the Maoists talks team expressed hopes that Thursday’s talks could make landmark decisions. The parties have also agreed that the dates to the Constituent Assembly polls will be declared by the interim government, participated in by the CPN Maoists. Sources said understanding has been reached to form the interim government by Mid November. The Tuesday talks have also given responsibility to the talks teams to make consensus regarding arms management and interim constitution. government negotiator Pradip Gyawali told a television channel that preliminary understanding has been reached on the issues and the talks teams will formulate the points of understanding that will be presented on the summit talks participated in by the top leaders of eight political parties.
Participants of the talks said that the Maoists have been more flexible on their stance of arms management and interim legislative. Reports say they have agreed to the arms management before the constituent Assembly polls. Earlier, they stood for arms management only after the polls. They have also agreed for another proportion of participation in the interim legislative, unlike their earlier claim of one third for the Maoists, seven parties and the civil society.
The government and Maoist negotiating teams have been busy al the day Wednesday making homeworks for Thursday’s talks. Reports say, both the teams are scheduled to meet this evening to formulate the points of understanding.
(Pics. Indra Dhoj Kshetri)
Protestors outside Hotel Raddisson demanding immediate declaration of CA polls date.
Government negotiator Pradip Gyawali arriving the press Conference venue.
Chief government negotiator Krishna Prasad Sitaula arriving the venue.
Government negotiators duo smiling to the journalists before the conference.
Government negotiator Gyawali talking over the mobile phone.
Chief Maoist negotiator Krishna Bahadur Mahara arriving the venue.
Kalyug Krishna duos, Mahara and Sitaula heading for the conference.
Cameras for the coverage of the conference.