The formation of an interim government in Nepal with the inclusion of Maoists will take up to two months as the rebels cannot be taken in the administration "along with arms," a senior minister said on Monday.
The Maoists' arms management and drafting of interim constitution are the two pre-requisites to be fulfilled before the rebels get into the government. The seven party government and rebel leadership have openly disagreed on the arms issue.
"The Maoists' arms management issue should be settled before inviting the rebels to join the government. We cannot take them into the government along with the arms," said Minister for Physical Planning and Construction Gopalman Shrestha.
"Before the Maoists could join the government, the interim constitution has to be finalised and it will take one and a half or two month's time," he told the agency.
"We are also eager to see that the rebels join the interim government and they come to the political mainstream. But it will take some time, though we are also in a hurry to resolve the issue," the minister added.
Shrestha also made it clear that the Parliament will not be dissolved unless an alternative arrangement is made.
The government will announce a budget for the fiscal year 2006-07 in the Parliament and after that it will be adjourned for some time, he added.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister KP Sharma Oli, who submitted to the Parliament yesterday a copy of the letter written by Prime Minister GP Koirala to the UN for its assistance in arms management, said the world body "has taken our request positively."
In the letter addressed to Secretary General Kofi Annan, the government requested UN to help Nepal decommission Maoists' arms, ensure that the Nepalese Army remains in barracks, monitor ceasefire and abidance of the Code of Conduct as also to observe the constituent assembly election, government sources said.
Prime Minister GP Koirala's ill-health has also caused delay in the peace process with the Maoists.
It has caused delay in convening the second round of talks between Koirala and Maoist chief Prachanda to discuss modalities of the formation of the new interim government with the inclusion of the rebels.
Though Koirala is recovering from lung infection and pneumonia and his health is getting better, he needs at least one more week of bed rest in hospital before returning to the office to take up the responsibility.