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Bigwigs assure timely peace and statute

KATHMANDU: Top leaders of three main political parties have reiterated their commitments towards concluding the peace and constitution-making processes within slated time.


Speaking from the same forum here on Friday, top leaders of three big parties –UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) – urged people to not harbor doubt over the timely completion of the tasks.


They said that they were much serious to concluding the peace process and thereby drafting new constitution within the stipulated time.


Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal claimed that the peace process would reach to an end within the next two weeks.


Addressing the three-day national conference of lawyers began in the Capital from today, he vowed to settle contentious issues of the constitution writing through consensus.


The Maoist Chairman further urged the Congress and the UML, the main opposition parties, to come out from the ‘misconception’ that the constitution could not be drafted before the completion of the peace process.


“The UCPN (Maoist) has been sensitive towards concluding the peace and constitution drafting processes in its capacity as the single largest party in the Constituent Assembly”, he added.


Similarly, also speaking on the occasion, NC President Sushil Koirala accused the Maoists of not becoming serious towards the peace and constitution writing.


“Our party believes that the drafting of the new constitution was not possible until and unless the peace process was taken to a conclusion”, he said and claimed the peace process could not take a momentum due to Maoists’ ‘greed’ for arms.


Likewise, Chairperson of CPN (UML) Jhalanath Khanal said the task of army integration should be done as per the seven-point deal.


He said the Unified CPN (Maoist) should play an important role as a big political party in the Parliament and urged Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai to discharge decisive role in peace process.


Khanal said the UML was for federalism that does not jeopardize nationalism stressing for making judiciary free from corruption.



Chairman of the Terai-Madhesh Democratic Party, Mahantha Thakur, said his party was always supporting the government to conclude peace and promulgate new constitution.


During the programme, Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Pashupati Shumsher Rana said the government has been just trying to continue power game instead of doing something concrete for peace process.


Likewise, Chairman of the Nepal Bar Association, Prem Bahadur Khadka, urged the political parties to be serious to conclude the remaining tasks of peace and constitution writing processes. RSS



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