All-party inclusive peace process: EU

KATHMANDU: A six-member European Union Regional Directors’ Troika, headed by Klas Molin of the Department for Asia and the Pacific along with the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs today met with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal,

ministers and other top

party leaders.

The visit is the fifth in a row by EU Troika since the peace process began in Nepal.

Emerging out of the meeting, Molin said the talk concentrated on the ongoing peace process and the constitution writing process vis-a-vis challenges that Nepal is currently confronting.

“We apprised the PM of our latest assessment

about Nepal’s overall situation,” he said, talking to

mediapersons after meeting Nepali officials in the


“Nepal is passing through a critical time. We fully expect that the leaders at the helms of affairs act accordingly,” Molin said.

Foreign Secretary Gyan Chandra Acharya said EU delegates had urged the Prime Minister to accommodate all the political parties in constitution drafting and peace process. “I have been trying my best to accommodate all the parties including the Maoists and a dialogue was underway towards that end,” Acharya quoted PM Nepal as saying in the meeting.

PM Nepal is also said to have briefed the delegate on the job being done by the Special Committee on Army Integration.

The EU Troika has assured the PM that the EU would continue its support to Nepal in the ensuing days. The officials also discussed on the trade, investment and economic issues. The Troika also met Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN-UML president Jhala Nath Khanal.

During the stay in Nepal, Troika would met chairman of constituent assembly Subash Chandra Nembang, Minister for Defense, Chief of Army Ataff, heads of NHRC, OHCHR, UNMIN and Ambassadors and representatives of different donor agencies.