Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) has disclosed its roadmap to peace which gives us hope. The Road Map was decided by the central working committee of the Maoist party and was made available to media today by in a statement issued by Maoist Chairman Prachanda.
1. Declaration of a ceasefire
2. Finalisation of code of conduct
3. Formation of talks team
4. Release of political prisoners
5. Starting talks
6. Dissolution of the old parliament, constitution and government
7. Formation of an interim guideline and government by holding a political conference with representation from the political parties, civil society and renowned personalities of different sectors
8. Setting of electoral constituencies by ensuring the representation from people of all classes, castes, sectors and genders
9. Holding constituent assembly elections under reliable international upervision
10. Restructuring of the whole state structures including the People’s Liberation Army and the Royal Nepalese Army as per the popular mandate expressed through the (constituent assembly) elections.
Reble Talk Team: Maoists have formed a three-member talks team headed by central committee member and spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara. Other members are Dev Gurung and Dina Nath Sharma. This will function as a preparation committee for the main summit which will be led by Prachanda.
Here is more from eKantipur:
The [Prachanda] statement said that a “Summit dialogue” needed to be held to take important decisions during talks with the SPA government and that Prachanda would himself lead the Maoist negotiation team during such summit dialogue.
The rebels have also formed a 13-member “central” speakers’ team to address the peaceful mass meets across the country. The Maoist leaders included in the team are as follows: Matrika Prasad Yadav, Hitman Shakya, Gopal Kiranti, Chandra Khanal, Agni Prasad Sapkota, Devendra Paudel, Netra Bikram Chand, Pampha Bhusal, Janardan Sharma, Narayan Prasad Sharma, Lekh Raj Bhatta, Ram Karmi and Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma.
The statement further says that Prachanda tabled a written proposal at the party’s central committee meeting regarding the new political situation in the country and the party’s new plans in the changed political situation.
Prachanda’s proposal has cautioned that the reinstatement of the House of Representatives had failed to represent the “popular aspirations” and rather provided space for the “feudal palace and foreign reactionaries to hatch conspiracies”, according to the statement.
Cautioning against the “danger” of the seven parties going against the spirit and feeling of the recent popular movement, the Maoist supremo, in his proposal, has made a special request to the SPA government to move forward as per the 12-point understanding reached with the rebels last year, the statement says.
Identifying a secular state, ethnic and regional self-governance, a federal state system with Nepali uniqueness, special rights to Dalits and women, revolutionary land reforms, independent economic policy, scientific and people-oriented education system, and guarantee of employment within the country as the key issues, the proposal says these “fundamental problems of the people” should be addressed appropriately in the constituent assembly elections.
The proposal has stressed on the need to initiate immediate action against what it calls the leaders of the feudal autocracy “including the army, police officials and the bureaucracy” to ensure unconditional, free and fair constituent assembly elections.