Rupandehi, June 9:

Standing Committee member of the CPN-UML, Bharat Mohan Adhikari, today said the United Nations should be allowed to monitor the ceasefire code of conduct signed by the government and the Maoists to make the peace talks more result-oriented.

Addressing a press meet organised by the Rupandehi chapter of Press Chautari Nepal in Butwal, Adhikari said: “The UN will be ready to take on the responsibility of monitoring the 25-point code of conduct if the government allows it.”

He said good management in the country was pivotal in the transitional phase. Welcoming Maoist chairman Prachanda’s statement that his party was eager to join the government, Adhikari demanded an interim statute to include the rebels in the affairs of the state. He was of the view that the interim statute was also needed to find a way out of the crisis facing the country. He said it could work till elections to a constituent assembly are held. He said the assembly elections must be held within the next one-and-half years.

He also said that the current parliament must not be dissolved until the assembly elections.

“Democracy will be strengthened only in the presence of an institution of the people’s representatives,” he said, adding: “Decisions made by the government and the Maoists will be approved by the parliament.” He said that the UML has formed a task force to make programmes and policies for the state’s restructuring.