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Indian among top envoys push political parties to end deadlock

Amid growing international concern over the deepening constitutional crisis in Nepal, top envoys, including those from India, the US and UN, today stepped up consultations with top political leaders for an early election of a new prime minister so that the stalled peace process is not derailed.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2010 19:30 IST
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Amid growing international concern over the deepening constitutional crisis in Nepal, top envoys, including those from India, the US and UN, on Thursday stepped up consultations with top political leaders for an early election of a new prime minister so that the stalled peace process is not derailed.

Ambassadors of India and United States along with the chief of the UNMIN, which is tasked to monitor the 2006 peace process, intensified high-level political parleys amid growing political uncertainty with the parliament failing to elect the new prime minister despite two rounds of voting.

Indian ambassador Rakesh Sood met Nepali Congress vice president and party's prime ministerial candidate Ram Chandra Poudyal and discussed the political development in the country including the prime ministerial election.

Poudyal claimed that the Nepali Congress would be able to garner enough support from the parties to form the new government in the next round of voting on August 2, the nepalnews online reported.

Scott H. DeLisi, the US ambassador to Nepal, held separate meetings Maoist chairman and party's prime ministerial candidate Prachanda and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) chairman Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, who is also the deputy prime minister in the caretaker government.

DeLisi underlined the need for the formation of new government at the earliest. He said successive indecisive voting for the Prime Minister's post would only deepen the political deadlock in the country.

According to sources, Prachanda told the envoy that his party is in favour of a consensus government for which it is holding talks with other parties.

The US ambassador had met CPN UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal yesterday, conveying his government's concern over the prolonged deadlock, the report said.

DeLisi told Khanal that the CPN UML's decision to remain neutral during the prime ministerial election will only further delay the government formation and eventually put the peace and constitution drafting process at risk.

Karin Landren, Chief of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), during her meeting with Maoist vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai today expressed concern over the ongoing exercise to form a majority based government.

She said such a government may not be able to conclude the peace process and draft the new constitution.

"She requested Bhattarai to take steps for a consensus government as a majority based government would be weak to complete the peace process," Bhattarai’s aide Biswadeep Pandey was quoted as saying by the myrepublica, the news website of Republica daily.