Khanal’s peace-delay slur on NC, ex-rebels

Baglung, November 25:

CPN-UML General Secretary Jhala Nath Khanal today alleged that CPN-Maoist and Nepali Congress (NC) had violated the spirit of past agreements by not sticking to the peace process.

Inaugurating a zonal cadres’ meet in Parbat today, Khanal said that both the parties were to be blamed for disrupting the peace process.

He said that the Maoists would never revive their armed rebellion as they had joined mainstream politics seeing the futility of the bloodshed.

“The greater the delay in bringing the peace process to a logical conclusion, the more the problems the country will face,” Khanal said, blaming NC equally for delaying the peace process. Khanal said that consensus on army integration could not take concrete shape due to the two parties’ differing views on it.

“A combatant-armed CPN-Maoist is still not a civilian party,” he said, urging Maoists to fully embrace a democratic republican system.

Khanal also said the CPN-UML needed a massive restructuring of its policies, doctrine and organisation in order to meet the upcoming challenges that the country confronts. The meet, being participated by some 300 zonal-level cadres from four Dhaulagiri districts, is expected to take measures for restrengthening the party and to work out its future course of actions, said Constituent Assembly member and zonal committee in-charge Ramji Sharma.

Party standing committee member Ishwor Pokharel laid emphasis on politics of consensus and the need to prevent the peace process from being derailed.