Govt, UDMF hold talks; ask each other to accommodate own concerns

KATHMANDU: The government and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have held talks today.

The talks, however, ended each side calling the other to be more accommodative.

The UDMF has launched an agitation in the Tarai-Madhes region demanding review on demarcation of the federal provinces, incorporation of proportional representation and inclusion in the state bodies and redrawing of electoral constituencies.

Minister for General Administration and a member of the government talks team, Rekha Sharma, told the Rastriya Samachar Samiti after the talks that the issues related to demands of the UDMF were introduced in the negotiations.

The Front has presented the issue of delineation of federal provinces as the major issue, she added.

"They said the situation will ease once the issue of the delineation of the border of the federal provinces is settled whereas we requested them to put on hold all the programmes of protests, adopting the middle path," Minister Sharma said.

She also stated that the UDMF talks team reiterated their previous demand of demarcating two provinces in the Tarai and they urged the government representatives to be flexible on this.

She said today's meeting between the two sides concluded, agreeing to sit for talks on coming Sunday as not all members of the UDMF talks team were available in the Capital today.

The government had constituted its talks team under the convenorship of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa on October 19. The government talks team had held first round of talks with the Front yesterday.