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Nepal Govt, Maoists fail to reach agreement

The joint press release says the discussions were held in a very positive manner.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 21:41 IST

The crucial talks between Nepal government and Maoists aimed at pursuing the rebels to lay down arms and bringing them to mainstream failed to produce any "concrete results" on Sunday but the two sides agreed to continue the parleys on Tuesday.

"The draft of the interim constitution was presented before the top leaders of the seven parties and the Maoists at Sunday's meeting," said a joint release issued after an eight- hour meeting attended by Premier GP Koirala, Maoist chief Prachanda and senior leaders of the seven-party alliance.

"Issues like interim constitution, election to the constituent assembly, implementation of past agreements, arms management, relief to conflict-victims, socio-economic transformation and restructuring of the state were discussed in a cordial atmosphere," said the release signed Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Krishna Bahadur Mahara, talks coordinators for the government and the rebels respectively.

"Extensive discussions were held on arms management, finalising the interim constitution and announcing the date for constituent assembly elections," said Rajendra Mahato, general secretary of Nepal Sadbhavana Party after the talks.

"However, the meeting failed to produce any concrete results as expected by many and it was decided that more time was needed for further discussions on other crucial issues," he said adding "it has been decided to continue the meeting at 8 am on Tuesday."

"The discussions were held in a very positive manner," said the joint press release.

First Published: Oct 08, 2006 21:41 IST