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Talks heading in 'positive direction'

  Leaders optimistic about agreement on package deal


KATHMANDU:Leaders of the three major political parties summed up today’s dialogue as “positive and meaningful” and sounded cautiously optimistic about being able to evolve consensus by the renewed deadline issued by the President —Thursday evening.

“It was a very serious and meaningful talks,” said NC general secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula after the meeting. He expressed hope that the nation would get a way-out of the existing political and constitutional crisis within a few days.

Following today’s meeting, NC General Secretary Sitaula repeatedly claimed that the meeting, though brief, has been the most positive one among the meetings held after the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly on May 27. He hoped that continuation of this meeting would give the nation a way-out soon.

He stressed on taking a single political decision that addressed everything in a package, including both constitutional and political crises, since it was not possible for parties to take political decisions time and again.

Senior leader of Unified CPN Maoist Amik Sherchan was upbeat and optimistic too. “The mood, the tone and the choice of words pronounced during today’s meeting indicate that leaders are serious and ready to trust one another,” he told reporters. He further clarified that the meeting was positive in the sense that the parties were very serious about forging consensus on all the issues in the form of a package deal through vigorous talks from tomorrow onwards.

“We agreed to sit again tomorrow afternoon after holding intra-party meetings among the three parties,” Sherchan added.

With only three days remaining to forge consensus among parties for a national consensus government, the three major parties today held ‘serious talks’ on a package deal, which the leaders claimed was heading in a positive direction.

However, Bamdev Gautam refused to accept that the meeting ended on a positive note. He said Unified CPN-Maoist leaders had proposed that the parties go for a political decision to sort out all the constitutional and political crises, including appointments in all vacant constitutional bodies and making necessary arrangements for the election before deciding on the leadership of the government.

“But we told them that we would be ready to forge consensus on those constitutional issues within two hours if the decision on government leadership was taken,” he said, adding that the leaders were willing to give a respectable discharge to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai before taking any other decision.

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