EU urges trust for peace

KATHMANDU: A six-member European Union Regional Directors', Troika, led by Klas Molin, head of the department of Asia and Pacific underlined the need of an inclusive process and a sense of ownership to the constitution writing process, by all the stakeholders.

Before wrapping up their three-day visit, other delegates added that political parties should move ahead with consensus rather than lingering over a matter. Chief of the delegation Molin further said," We held very good, informative and intense discussion about the current issues with different stakeholders."

While meeting senior leaders of various parties, Troika requested for seriousness among parties and asked them to take heed lest the peace process derail. They also urged the political parties to be flexible and resume the house proceedings that have been stalled for long. Molin also disclosed that they had discussion with the political parties on issues like integration of Maoist combatants, discharge of minors from cantonment and so forth. “Discharging of the minors would be an important confidence building measure and an encouraging signal to the international community,” he said. He further added," EU sees integration and rehabilitation of People’s Liberation Army combatants as an important part of the peace process." However, he urged the parties to work in spirit of compromise, trust and cooperation so that peace and progress is ensured.

Meanwhile, Troika welcomed the reconstitution of the Army Integration Special Committee and urged that substantial work without delay be done. Troika, however, had serious concerns about no developments in the much talked high level political mechanism.

Furthermore the delegates were equally concerned about disappearances, widespread impunity, human trafficking,and human rights violation among others.

Likewise, Troika met with President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Constituent Assembly Chairman Subash Nembang and express their serious concerns about the delayed statute drafting process.