Expert moot consensus formula to end crisis

Kathmandu, March 29:

Political problems plaguing the country cannot be resolved by sidelining any of the three political forces — political parties, the King and the Maoists, political analysts said at

a programme organised here today.

“We cannot resolve the political problems by excluding the King,” said Padma Ratna Tuladhar, a prominent political analyst, adding: “We have to recognise all the three forces if

we want to work out a peaceful solution.”

Though the 12-point parties-Maoist pact was reached to do away with the monarch, the parties and the leaders have begun interpreting the pact in a different tone “due to pressure from international forces.” “The new interpretation is aimed at appeasing the foreign forces.”

Tuladhar was speaking at an interaction on Search of Possibilities for Way out of the Preset Conflict, organised here today by the SAP Nepal and Civil Society Development Council Nepal.

Tuladhar accused the political parties of being confused. “The seven-party alliance has not been working properly,” he said, adding: “The government has been trying to militarise the country. The political parties are still confused as far as formation of a constituent assembly through elections is concerned,” he added.

A minister in the interim government after the 199O movement, Nilambar Acharya, accused all the political forces of working with vested interests and hindering political solutions to the crises. Urging the Maoists to either surrender arms or declare a ceasefire, he said either of the move will pressurise the government to reciprocate the move. “But it is wrong to seek political resolution from the royal palace,” he added.

Differing over the idea of forging a consensus between the King and other political forces, he said: “Unless the King is ready to stop exercising executive power, we cannot resolve the problem because the present conflict is between the King and the people.”

“Negotiation is the best way out,” of the crises, said Prof Krishna Khanal, add-ing: “Rather than mulling over technicalities, practical ways should be embraced to put an end to extremism by the state authority.”

He also urged the political parities to put pressure on the Maoists to create a peaceful environment, to strengthen their peaceful movement and ask the Maoists not to launch armed offensives. Khanal also urged the government not to be afraid of the agreements reached between the parties and the Maoists and said they are a part of a democratic process.