Govt, Janajati bodies’ talks inconclusive again

Kathmandu, June 28:

The second round of talks between the government and the joint team of Janajatis’ organisations held here today ended inconclusively.

Earlier, the government talks team had requested 15 days’ time to hold consultations with the eight parties. However, the representatives of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) today accused the members of the government talks team of coming to the talks without proper ‘homework’.

“The government talks team has said they would table our demands at the meeting of the coordination committee of the eight parties to be held on Sunday,” Dr Om Gurung, the coordinator of the Janajatis’ talks team, said.

He said the government team would call for the next round of dialogue within 10 days. “We have a feeling that the government is trying to ignore us,” he said, adding that NEFIN would hold discussions with other organisations and decide about the next step to be taken. He did not rule out the possibility of launching fresh protest programmes.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of the government talks team and Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel, said there should be an understanding among the eight parties on the demands of the Janajatis. Indigenous nationalities have been demanding representation of each of the ethnic communities of the country in the Constituent Assembly.