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Indian envoy meets PM Nepal

world Updated: Jun 11, 2010 20:39 IST

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Indian ambassador to Nepal, Rakesh Sood, on Friday, met Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and discussed developments in the country, a news report said.

Sood, who met the Prime Minister at his residence in the capital, discussed bilateral issues and recent political developments in the country, including efforts to end the political standoff through a consensus, the Himalayan Times online reported.

He also discussed the delayed constitution drafting process and the peace process which have been stalled due to differences among the political parties, the report said.

The government and the main opposition UCPN-Maoist remain deadlocked over the May 28 deal to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly by one year. CPN-Maoist party, with nearly 40 percent of the parliamentary seats, has refused to give up its demand for a national government under its supremo Prachanda to rescue to the peace process.

Even as embattled Prime Minister has agreed to step down as part of an eleventh-hour deal, the ruling alliance has refused to give a time frame for his resignation. Leaders of the three major political parties -- the UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the prime minister's Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) -- have repeatedly met but failed to reach an agreement end the standoff.

The Nepali Congress and CPN-UML, the two largest parties in the ruling 22-party coalition, have asked the Prime Minister not to resign unless the Maoists agree to a six-point agenda, including the integration of the former PLA combatants and the dissolution of the paramilitary structure of the Young Communist League, the youth wing of the former rebels. They also want the Maoists to return all properties captured by them during the decade-long insurgency that came to an end in 2006.