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Meetings underway to end political deadlock in Nepal

world Updated: Nov 18, 2009 19:33 IST
Utpal/HT Correspondent

Leaders of the three major political parties in Nepal met on Wednesday afternoon to find a way out of the ongoing political deadlock in the Himalayan nation.



Senior leaders from the ruling Communist Party of Nepal-United Maoist Leninist and Nepali Congress as well as the Unified Communist Party of Nepal, the biggest party in parliament, held discussions for nearly two hours to find a consensus to end the impasse.



While no solution was arrived at, they decided to meet again on Thursday and formed a three-member committee to try and formulate a common agenda before the next round of discussions.



"All three parties have agreed to meet again on Thursday to seek an end to the political deadlock and also agree on passing the annual budget," said senior UCPN-Maoist leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha.



The political situation in Nepal has been in doldrums since May when the Maoist-led government stepped down and started a nationwide movement to restore 'civilian supremacy'.



The annual budget, which was tabled in Parliament in July, has also not been passed due to the stance taken by the Maoists.