Govt, Maoists working on interim statute, says Sitaula

Kathmandu, November 29:

Home Minister and convenor of the government talks team, Krishna Prasad Sitaula, today said that “the government and the Maoist talks teams have now concentrated on the interim constitution to promulgate the same as soon as possible”.

“We have signed the comprehensive national peace treaty and a tripartite agreement on arms management; so now our focus is to finalise the interim constitution,” Sitaula told the House of Representatives.

“We are trying to reach a consensus on several issues of the interim constitution,” he said, adding: “We will give a final shape to the statute keeping in mind the comprehensive peace treaty we have signed.”

The Home Minister asked the seven political parties to continue their alliance so that they can hold constituent assembly elections without any obstacles.

“The seven-party alliance should realise and learn from the humiliation we felt during the people’s movement,” he added. Stating that the government is doing homework to bring policies and programmes as per the interest of the people, Sitaula asked the parties to support the government. He further said that the government would deploy mobile teams to distribute citizenship certificates soon after the promulgation of a regulation.

Speaking during the special hour, MPs Raghuji Panta, Shiv Kumar Basnet, Hom Nath Dahal, Govinda Bikram Shah and Jagannath Khatiwoda urged the government and the Maoists to implement the agreements honestly.