Thursday, 5th March 2015

HLPC a must to conclude peace process: Bhattarai

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Baburam BhattaraiUCPN (Maoist) senior leader Baburam Bhattarai has said that forming a High Level Political Committee (HLPC) is a must to conclude the remaining parts of the peace process.

Talking with a group of journalists at his residence on Monday, Bhattarai said Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have to be ready for this, as his party, the UCPN (M), has already consented for it.

"The major political parties have to understand that, without setting up an HLPC again, it would be difficult to conclude the overall peace process," he said, claiming that NC and UML have, in writing, expressed commitment for such a body.

An HLPC was in existence before the election of Constituent Assembly (CA) on November 19 last year. It was represented by top most leaders of the four major parties.

Now that a parliamentary body (CA) is in place, NC and UML have been expressing reluctance to form something similar to the previous HLPC. The UCPN (M), on the other hand, has been saying that such a committee is still relevant and its leadership has to be allotted to UCPN (M) chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

After the Maoists joined the mainstream politics signing a peace accord in 2006, the overall peace process has almost come to an end. The remaining task of the process include forming commissions on truth, reconciliation and disappearance and thus, providing transitional justice to the war-time victims.



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