KATHMANDU: Leaders of political parties have pointed out the need for national consensus on peace process and constitution writing in the country.
They made this remark at a two-day international seminar on "Innovative Approaches to Peace, Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation" organized here from today.
On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MJF)- Loktantrik, Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar, said talks on disputed issues of the constitution writing are still going on continuously among political parties even if the peace process has reached its final phase.
Similarly, Minister for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Eknath Dhakal expressed the confidence that peace and stability of South Asia will get a boost from the seminar.
Leader of the UCPN-Maoist and political advisor of the Prime Minister, Devendra Paudel, said his party would be flexible on two alternatives either reinstating the Constituent Assembly (CA) or holding elections for fresh mandate by forging national consensus.
Stating that the approach of the peace process was wrong, Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP)-Nepal, Kamal Thapa, said that peace process and constitution writing were not completed as the major political parties have made the peace process as a medium to fulfilling their petty interests.
Likewise, former minister Nilamber Acharya expressed the view that the seminar would play a role of inspirer for reconciliation and forging consensus in the country.
Stating that there is a big challenge in the peace process and constitution writing of the country, former speaker Daman Nath Dhungana said now the country would no longer sustain more conflict.
Dhungana pointed out the need of meaningful discussions among political parties. Another former speaker Taranath Ranabhat stressed on political stability for the progress and sustainable development of the country.
Around 470 experts of 27 countries including Nepal, China, India, Japan, America and South Korea have been participating in the seminar jointly organized by the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation and Universal Peace Federation. It is said that different eight working papers will be presented in the seminar for discussions.