Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Three parties to continue parley with others, despite no breakthrough

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A meeting of three major political parties on Thursday morning decided to continue talks with Madhesi and other smaller parties this afternoon and tomorrow, despite differences among the top three themselves.

“We held several discussions on state restructuring in today’s meeting but are yet to reach a conclusion,” said CPN-UML vice chair Bidya Bhandari after the meeting. “We have, however, agreed to continue unilateral, bilateral and multi-lateral discussions among the parties.”

Parties are mainly divided on the issues of federalism (state restructuring) and forms and governance.

Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are more or less at one side, while the UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi parties are more or less at the other side.

Top leaders of major political parties have a meeting with Madhesi and other smaller parties this afternoon. Likewise, the major political parties will hold a meeting with CPN-Maoist led by Mohan Baidya in the evening.

Baidya has put forth the demand of issuing a new constitution through an all-party assembly, something similar to their previous demand of a round-table conference.



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