‘Call to reject 12-point pact unacceptable’

Kathmandu, February 18:

UML leader Jhala Nath Khanal, today said his party would not accept US call to pull out of the 12-point agreement with Maoists.

Addressing a meeting held in honour of Umesh Chandra Thapa, who was shot dead by security forces in Dang during the municipal polls, Khanal said: “We will not accept demands to reject the 12-point understanding, which was, in fact, signed with the Maoists in a bid to bring them into the political mainstream and to find a peaceful solution to the decade-old insurgency.”

Talking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Khanal, however, said there was room for improvement in the pact, but it could not be abandoned just because some friendly nations have expressed their reservations on it.

President of the Nepali Congress (Democratic) Sher Bahadur Deuba also expressed his displeasure over the understanding and said he would raise the issue during a meeting of top alliance leaders.

Khanal stressed the need to add force to the movement by involving people from different walks of life. “This is a decisive movement and everybody should contribute to it.”

No talks with King: UML

Kathmandu: Ruling out dialogue and politics of consensus with the King, the CPN-UML has put its view of moving towards a democratic republic by means of peaceful, but effective stir. On the occasion of Democracy Day, the party reiterated its stance of bringing an end to autocratic mo-narchy and going for elections to a constituent assembly.

“It is high time that people united to establish a democratic republic,” party acting general secretary Amrit Kumar Bohara said on Saturday. — HNS