12-point pact lacks clarity, say leaders

Kathmandu, November 29:

Political leaders at a programme today said that the understanding reached between the seven-party alliance and the Maoists “lacks clarity”.

“Though our chairman signed the understanding, it is still being discussed in our party fold as it has some weaknesses,” said Pari Thapa of the United People’s Front Nepal. He said that the problem emerged because it was not discussed in detail.

Process for an election to a constituent assembly and proposed United Nations’ supervision when the Royal Nepalese Army and the Maoists lay down arms are the issues Thapa cited as “incomplete” and lacking clarity. He welcomed the understanding “because it has polarised the present conflict — King on one side and parties on the other”.

However, Thapa expressed his doubt stating, “If the rebels had to come back to multiparty democracy so easily they wouldn’t have raised arms 12 years ago.” He suggested a national level discussion be held for the implementation of the understanding.

Likewise, a CPN-UML leader, Mohan Chandra Adhikari, suggested the Maoists to clarify their stance on people’s movement for multiparty democracy. “Without triangular understanding among the parties, the King and the Maoists, peace can’t be restored as easily as said,” he said.

Adhikari suggested for peace talks with the Maoists in order to hold a free and fair election to

restore multiparty democracy. Stating that the UN supervision for the army and rebels as essential, he ruled out any other country’s monitoring.

He also suggested the parties to make the understanding “creative.”