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'Nepal govt to form negotiating team within a week'

The new team will ultimately lead to the announcement of elections for a new Constituent Assembly.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 08:41 IST

The Nepal government will form a negotiation team within a week to initiate dialogue with the Maoists, ultimately leading to the announcement of elections for a new Constituent Assembly, a Nepalese politician has claimed.

"The government's negotiation team will be formed by May 18 to hold a dialogue with the Maoists. It will lead to the announcement of a Constituent Assembly election, a major demand of the Maoists," Nepal Majdoor Kishan Party Chairman Narayanman Bijukchhe said.

The seven political parties, which comprise the interim government in Nepal, have also said that they will send their representatives to the Peace Secretariat in order to engage in the peace process.

"The seven political parties will send their representatives to the Peace Secretariat in order facilitate the peace process," Nepali Congress General Secretary Ramchandra Poudyal said on Thursday.

The government will form the talks team only after the expansion of the cabinet, said CPN-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal after the seven parties' meeting.

A meeting of the alliance on Thursday had failed to decide about expansion of cabinet and formation of the talks team after Nepali Congress (Democratic) and CPN-UML had differences regarding the nomination of candidate for the election of Speaker of the House of Representatives, which remained vacant after Speaker Taranath Ranabhat, resigned from the post.

The Maoists have already formed a three member team lead by its spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

First Published: May 12, 2006 08:41 IST