Prachanda for talks to break stalemate

KATHMANDU: UCPN-Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”

today urged civil society members to press for inter-party dialogues in order to break the current deadlock.

“Girija Prasad Koirala has been talking about the formation of a high-level political mechanism. I am for a renewed agreement among political parties. But things have not been moving as expected,” he said while launching a book titled “The Nepalese Peace Process” penned by Prof Dr Birendra Prasad Mishra. The book was published by FinePrint Books.

Prachanda said a new agreement was a must since the previous agreements were outdated. “We need to have a week of serious talk as those spanning a few hours will be ineffective,” he added. “I have asked leaders to sit for talks with NC leader Girija Prasad Koirala. I want him to explain his statement about army integration.” He talked of rumours that a big political design would crush the peace and constitution drafting processes. “Some elements are hell bent on knocking us out of the peace process. But we are not ready to give in to the forces that easily,” he maintained.

Stating that the view of his party leadership and that of civil society activists such as Daman Nath Dhungana and Padma Ratna Tuladhar were similar, he said, “We all are worried about the stalled peace process.”

Rights activist Tuladhar said the present political situation had humiliated all the countrymen, including those involved in the April Uprising.