Govt, ethnic groups to talk on Sunday

Dharan, August 29:

The government will hold the second round of talks with the Federal Limbuwan Rajya Parishad, the Khambuwan Rastriya Morcha and the Tamsaling Autonomous Rajya Samiti here on Sunday.

Peace and Reconstruction Minister Ram Chandra Poudel who is also the coordinator of the government talks team today sent a letter to the three organisations saying that the talks would take place here on Sunday.

The talks were scheduled for today but the government deferred the date saying that further homework was required.

Janak Chemjong, a member of the talks team of the Federal Limbuwan Rajya Parishad, confirmed that the government had deferred the talks till Sunday. “The talks were to be held today but now the second round of the dialogue has been put off till Sunday,” said Chemjong.

The first round of talks between the government and the three indigenous groups was held on August 13 in Dhulikhel.

The talks had ended inconclusively after the government did not see eye to eye with the three organisations on the issue of the constituent assembly election on the basis a federal democratic republic and ethnic proportional representation.

The Federal Limbuwan Rajya Parishad and Khambuwan Rastriya Morcha today issued a press release welcoming the government’s decision to hold the second round of talks. The statement urged the government to take the demands of the organisations seriously.