Maoists pile pressure on Nepal's new government
Rebel leader Prachanda has claimed that the political parties who came back into power in April were ignoring Maoist demands.india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 15:06 IST
Nepal's rebel leader Prachanda piled more pressure on the country's new government on Thursday, claiming the political parties who came back into power in April were ignoring Maoist demands.
The Himalayan state's Parliament was reinstated in April, ending 14 months of direct rule by King Gyanendra.
Weeks of mass protests organised by the parties and the rebels in concert forced the royal climbdown.
"The parties are trying to ignore us when we are ready to stay at the talks table for agreement," Prachanda told Kantipur, a Nepali language daily.
The rebels and new government have observed a ceasefire for more than a month and have had a day of preliminary peace talks.
The new government has met a key rebel demand by promising an election to appoint a body to redraft Nepal's Constitution.
But the rebels have been calling for the dissolution of the new parliament, and the formation of a new interim government, containing Maoists.
"There will be bloodshed in the country if the seven parties attempt to move ahead alone by declaring the House of Representatives all-powerful," the rebel leader told the newspaper.
A longer interview with Prachanda is due to be televised on Kantipur television Thursday, marking the first time local media would have shown the elusive rebel leader.
Until the recent thaw with the new government Prachanda was branded a terrorist and barred from appearing in the local media.
An editorial in the Himalayan Times, an English language daily, called on the rebels to tone down their demands.
"The Maoists would do themselves a mountain of good if they followed a practical line and be accommodating at a time when so much is at stake," the paper said.
Earlier this week, Prachanda told a meeting in eastern Nepal that the rebels would return to violence unless the country was made a republic after elections to a body to redraft the constitution.
The rebels have been fighting a "people's war" for the last decade that has left at least 12,500 people dead.
First Published: Jun 08, 2006 15:06 IST