No breakthrough, but leaders term today's talks positive

KATHMANDU: The talks held between the task forces of the three major parties and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front on Friday failed to make any breakthrough agreement over the resolution of Madhes agitation. Leaders of both the side, however, termed the negotiations positive.

Ram Naresh Ray of Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party said the talks this evening failed to forge conclusion on any major issues.

The major parties -- ruling CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist, and main opposition Nepali Congress -- reiterated their old stance that the revision of the provincial boundaries should be resolved through a political mechanism within three months, according to him.

The representatives of major parties expressed they readiness to retain the Interim Constitution's provisions for the matrimonial naturalisation, while the UDMF maintained that all provisions from the previous statute regarding citizenship should be retained.

The tasks forces agreed to hold talks everyday from tomorrow and finalise an agreement on Monday.