Tripartite talks end inconclusively again

KATHMANDU: The talks among ruling parties, the main opposition Nepali Congress and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front ended inconclusively again.

According to the leaders, the meeting did not even enter into the agenda of reviewing demarcation of federal units.

The parties have agreed to meet at 6 pm on Wednesday again.

According to CPN-UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, the parties have agreed to do more homework to make the next round of talks a success.

"We have handed over copies of the 11-point memorandum of our demands to each of the leaders present," Sadbhawana Party Co-Chairman Laxman Lal Karna said, "We will hold more extensive talks once the leaders come after studying the document."

"We did not enter into any agenda (of dispute)," Ashok Rai, senior leader of the Federal Socialist Forum-Nepal, one of the UDMF constituents, said, "But, we agreed to immediately stop suppression on protests."

Likewise, UCPN-Maoist Vice-Chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha said the parties would hold internal and inter-party discussions before the next round of talks.

After other leaders left the meeting hall informing that the meeting ended, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Tarai Madhes Democratic Party Chairman Mahantha Thakur held a separate meeting, it is learned.