KATHMANDU: Reiterating his former stance on Venezuela crisis, co-chairman of rulingNepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that since the party secretariat has issued statement in line with his, there is no need for further elaboration on this issue.

Talking to mediapersons at Bharatpur, Chitwan today, Dahal said that he had not slipped in making his stance on the issue clear.

Furthermore, the former Prime Minister also admitted that the unification of organisational units of the erstwhile CPN Maoists and CPN-UML has indeed taken more time than expected. He, however, assured that the unification process will speed up soon once the work-commitees submit their reports.

He added that foreign diplomats' statements on Nepal's peace process are totally uncalled for and such remarks do not respect Nepal's internal affairs management capacity.

A major national daily had recently reported that the Prime Minister, in a meeting with the Ambassador of United States of America to Nepal on Monday, had stated that Dahal had slipped while passing his remark on an issue that has garnered global attention, and that is exactly how the American authorities should view it.

Last week, US State Department had sought an explanation from Nepali Ambassador to US Arjun Karki, following the statement issued by the Nepal Communist Party Co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal on January 25, supporting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and denouncing ‘intervention in internal affairs’ of Venezuela by the US and its allies.

Washington officials had told Karki that the US did not expect such statement from the leader of the ruling NCP (NCP) without any background on the internal affairs of Venezuela.