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CPN-Maoist led alliance only to sit for unconditional talks


KATHMANDU: Immediately after the CPN-Maoist has received formal letter from the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) to sit for formal talks to resolve all the disputed issues, the 33-party alliance led by CPN-Maoist has expressed readiness to hold dialogue with the HLPC if the four major political parties agree to sit for ‘unconditional talks’.

On Wednesday, the HLPC sent a letter to the CPN-Maoist and its partners, requesting them to come to the talks table to make the second Constituent Assembly (CA) elections a success.

Welcoming the official invitation, the CPN-Maoist urged the four parties to accept ‘open negotiations.’ The party said any precondition would take the negotiations nowhere. The party also ruled out the possibility of holding talk with any condition.

“We received the letter but it is not acceptable to us because they have set a condition for negotiations,” media reports quoted Chairperson of CPN-Maoist Mohan Baidya as saying. He said that wordings “talks on the announced Constituent Assembly (CA) polls” is unacceptable to them. “However, we will take a formal decision only after our [alliance] meeting.”

The HLPC said it is ready to discuss any issue put forth by the poll-opposing parties, except a change in the government and cancelling the election process. The dissident forces are scheduled to hold an internal meeting on Thursday to discuss the alliance’s stand. The letter undersigned by UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is the coordinator of the HLPC has stated that in view of special political and constitutional transitional situation, HLPC invites CPN-Maoist and other member parties of the alliance for talks with a view to making the CA polls a success.

Also, some other member parties of the Baidya-led alliance have termed the letter of invitation unacceptable. Mani Thapa, chief of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Nepal, said the talks are unlikely as HLPC has failed to address their demands properly. “We have been consistently demanding talks without any precondition. But the letter sets a condition for us to accept the polls scheduled for November,” said Thapa. He also informed that they will hold a meeting of the alliance and reply to the HLPC soon.

Softening its previous stance of not holding talks with the Chief Justice led government and four major political parties, the CPN-Maoist on July 8 had formed a talk team led by its Chairman Mohan Baidya for holding talks with the HLPC and the government. The team was apparently formed without consulting the alliance members. After the 32 parties threatened to form a separate team, Baidya on Monday agreed to incorporate other fringe parties in the talks team and put forth a joint demand.

Many donor countries and civil society representatives have been reiterating that elections of the constituent assembly is inevitable to bring the derailed democracy on track as the first constituent assembly dissolved without promulgating the new constitution. The country is being run on an ad-hoc basis since 2006 after the success of the people’s uprising as there is no constitution drafted and owned by the people. The local bodies remained without people’s representative since last one and half decade due to ongoing political stalemate. The government and the election commission have been carrying out the preparation for the November election in a full swing.

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