The much anticipated meeting of the High Level Political Mechanism (HLPM) on April 21, 2010 failed to arrive at any decision to resolve the protracted political impasse, but leaders claimed they would reach a broad understanding at the next meeting of the mechanism slated for April 24.


Vice chairman of Unified CPN (Maoist) Narayan Kaji Shrestha informed that the HLPM meeting dwelled on the previously set six-point agenda, which includes formation of national unity government, dismantling of the

paramilitary structure of Maoist-aligned Young Communist League (YCL), return of the properties seized during the insurgency and formation of a state restructuring commission.


He said the leaders of the three parties presented their views on these agendas and agreed to find a package solution.


Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, vice chairmen Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Shrestha, Nepali Congress leaders Sushil, Koirala, Sher Bahadur Deuba and Ram Chandra Poudel, UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and other central leaders of the three parties were present at the meeting held at Maoist parliamentary party office in Singha Durbar.


At the meeting, the Maoist side reiterated that the constitution-drafting and the peace process cannot be expedited unless there is a Maoist-led unity government.


Earlier today, the Unified CPN (Maoist) had decided to formally table a proposal for dissolution of the current government in order to ensure timely constitution drafting at the meeting.


A meeting of the party’s powerful standing committee held at its headquarters in Koteshwor decided to table a formal proposal for dissolution of the current government after concluding that there is no meaning in

extending the tenure of the Constituent Assembly while the current government is in power.


Emerging from the meeting, party spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said that the new constitution can be promulgated by the May 28 deadline if there is consensus among the parties.



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