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Maoist chief blames Govt for slow pace of peace talks

Prachanda said if the government makes further delay in the peace process, they would launch an agitation to exert public pressure.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 19:40 IST

Maoist chief Prachanda has blamed the Nepal government for the slow progress in the peace talks and warned that the rebels would launch a stir to exert public pressure if the process is delayed further.

Addressing CPN-Maoist cadres at Jalbire of Sindhupalchowk district in the east of Kathmandu, Prachanda said if the government makes further delay in the peace process, the party would launch a Kathmandu-centered agitation to exert public pressure.

He, however, said he was optimistic about the outcome of the talks scheduled to be held between him and Prime Minister GP Koirala on Sunday.

Maoists had organising a week-long political training programme for over 2,500 militants in Jalbire coinciding with Dussehra festival.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Koirala expressed hope that his talks with Prachanda will resolve all the political issues and move the country towards establishing permanent peace.

Speaking to reporters this morning before returning to Kathmandu from his hometown Biratnagar, Koirala called on people from all sections of the country to cooperate towards making the peace process a success.

Tourism Minister and government talks team member Pradip Gyawali said meanwhile that the interim Constitution would be finalised by mid-November and the interim government inclusive of Maoists would be formed by mid-December.

Speaking at an interaction programme by Press Chautari, a media forum, he said the constituent assembly election would be held by June 2007.

First Published: Oct 03, 2006 19:40 IST