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UML invites opposition for talks



KATHMANDU: A Standing Committee meeting of the ruling CPN-UML held here today urged the opposition parties to return to the negotiating table, withdrawing their protest programmes. According to a press release issued by UML General Secretary Ishwar Pokhrel today, the UML SC discussed political parties’ role in the political situation and concerns expressed by the international community on Nepal’s constitutional-drafting process.

“It is evident that the commitment to promulgate the new constitution on the stipulated deadline of January 22 could not be met due to Unified CPN-Maoist-led alliance’s obstruction in the CA. The party, however, takes the formation of Questionnaire Committee as a positive step to ensure progress on the constitution-making process,” the UML stated in its release.

The party stated that it was committed to forging consensus even though the process to put contentious issues to vote had already begun. “We urge the opposition parties, including the UCPN-M, to return to the negotiating table and not to deviate from the historic duty of drafting a new federal, democratic and republican constitution,” read the release. — HNS

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