Alliance task force sets agenda for peace process

Kathmandu, July 24:

A meeting of the task force of the seven-party alliance (SPA) today set the agenda of its discussion which they said needed to be thrashed out by the alliance’s top leaders before holding the second summit-level talks between the SPA and the Maoists.

Alliance leaders said that the summit meeting would take place only after the alliance comes up with a collective stance on the entire peace talks process.

A press statement issued by the task force at the end of its meeting stated that the agenda fixed for discussion includes peace talks process and its related issues (ceasefire agreement, human rights accord, peace treaty and arms management of both sides), interim statute, interim government, constituent assembly and functioning of the coalition government.

A meeting of senior leaders of the SPA held in Bhaktapur on July 18 had decided to reactivate the taskforce that had been remained dormant after the conclusion of the Jana Andolan and formation of the all-party government.

The alliance meeting was called to discuss implementation of the 12-point understanding

and the eight-point agreement between the SPA and the Maoists and the 25-point ceasefire code of conduct reached between the government and the Maoists. Janamorcha Nepal vice president Lilamani Pokharel, a member of the taskforce, said that the taskforce would give policy and political-level feed-back to the seven-party alliance on entire peace process and functioning of the government.

Another member of the task force and CPN-UML leader Surendra Pandey said that they would

first discuss the nitty-gritty of arms management of both the sides and contents of the interim statute being drafted by a panel headed by former Supreme Court justice Laxman Prasad Aral.

He said that they would also discuss the two drafts on ceasefire agreement and human rights humanitarian law accord prepared by the Peace Committee.