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Major parties agree to end Nepal political impasse

world Updated: Feb 19, 2010 18:42 IST
Utpal/HT Correspondent
Utpal/HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Nepal’s three major parties

Nearly one and half months after its formation, the High Level Political Mechanism comprising Nepal’s three major parties agreed on Friday to resolve the present political impasse through a joint resolution.

Top leaders of the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) and UCPN (Maoist)--the main opposition party agreed that the resolution would address the concerns and aspirations of all the constituents.

The task force formed by the HLPM has been given two days time to finalise the resolution, which will be the main agenda for the next meeting, informed CPN (UML) president Jhalanath Khanal.

The meeting held at the residence of HLPM coordinator GP Koirala also deliberated on a formula to include the UCPN (Maoist) in the government with the help of a power sharing agreement.

Previous meetings of the HLPM had failed to reach an agreement due to differences between the three main parties.

While the Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) sought discussions on integration of former Maoists into security forces and restructuring of the country, UCPN (Maoist) insisted on a discussion in parliament on the President’s refusal to remove the former army chief.

Formed last month, the HLPM comprises of Nepali Congress chief GP Koirala, UCPN (Maoist) chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and CPN (UML) chief Jhalanath Khanal. Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal was later included as an invitee member.