Envoys likely to be finalised next week

Kathmandu, July 3:

The government will begin appointing envoys next week if the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee does not furnish its suggestion before that.

The Committee has till July 10 to do its job. According to Rule 213 (2) of the Parliament Regulations, it had 15 days for conducting hearing on persons nominated to be appointed as ambassadors in 13 countries after it received the letter and the list of nominated persons from the government on June 26.

“If the Committee fails to do its job on time, the government would appoint ambassadors next week,” said a source close to PM Girija Prasad Koirala. The source also said the Maoists had agreed on the nominations after they were offered the envoy posts in France and Denmark. “Although Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara has been asking for at least four embassies to be led by the persons nominated by the Maoists, they are likely to settle for three,” he said .