PM Koirala, Prachanda meet to build trust

Kathmandu, July 28:

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist supremo Prachanda today held discussions to find solution to the crisis that resulted in the Maoist representatives in the cabinet boycotting the meeting convened yesterday.

The two-hour meeting between Koirala and Prachanda was convened to sort out misunderstanding and discussed issues including appointments to National Human Rights Commission, Truth and Reconciliation Commission and similar other positions, which are still vacant due to lack of consensus among the coalition partners. Peace and Reconstruction Minister Ram Chandra Poudel announced that a meeting to be convened tomorrow will “work out the criteria which will be guiding the functioning and modus operandi of the interim government to rule out misunderstanding”.

He also said that while the misunderstanding has not yet ended, the discussion held today is expected to put an end to “an atmosphere of mistrust.”

The leaders also discussed the need to launch a united campaign in the run-up to the elections to a constituent assembly.

A Baluwatar source said that the Maoist representatives in the cabinet were in favour of referring the cabinet agenda to the eight-party meeting before pushing it through the cabinet. Prime Minister Koirala had later said that he would be talking to Prachanda on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the central working committee meeting of the Nepali Congress (NC) will be held tomorrow, NC sources said. The meeting is likely to discuss the current political scenario, unification with the NC (D) and the elections.