Very much unlike the interview of Prachanda which expressed doubts even in the occuring of the Summit Talks, both the SPA and Maoists have expressed hope of its success. At the end of the meeting which lasted for around 9 hours the two sides released a press release. “The draft of the interim constitution was presented before the top leaders of the seven parties and the Maoists at the meeting today,” the release states.
It further adds”At the meeting, issues like interim constitution, election of 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.”
It concludes stating that the discussion was positive with the signatures of government talks coordinator Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Maoist talks coordinator Krishna Bahadur Mahara. The talks will resume on Oct 10,2006. However with the no concrete agreements in issues like arms management little can be said of outcome of the talks.
The reporting of the Summit talks as published in Ekantipur
By SURESH NATH NEUPANE
KATHMANDU, Oct 8 – The second round of high-level talks between the seven-party alliance (SPA) and the Maoist rebels ended inconclusively Sunday with both sides agreeing to resume talks on Tuesday “to finalize the contentious political issues.”
The leaders of both sides said that they were close to a common agreement which would possibly be reached in the next session.
In the first day of the summit talks that lasted for nearly nine hours today, the top brass leaders of the SPA and the Maoists discussed the draft of the interim constitution submitted by the government and rebel talks teams but did not reach any formal agreement on any issues.
Fresh talks between the two sides will resume on Tuesday as they could not arrive at a consensus on the key contentious issues including the position of the monarch, interim legislature, and government, among others.
Leaders of both sides have, however, expressed satisfaction over today’s talks saying they were held in a cordial atmosphere.
Member of the government talks team and Minister for Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Pradeep Gyawali said that he was hopeful that Tuesday’s meeting will be fruitful in reaching agreements on all the issues.
He said that today’s talks were close to a consensus and that all differences between the SPA and Maoists would be sorted out by the next meeting.
“We (the SPA and Maoists), during the meeting today, entered into the major political agendas but did not finalize any of the issues that have remained incomplete in the draft interim constitution,” said Gyawali.
Talking to eKantipur over the phone, Maoists’ second-in-command and a member of the 10-member high-level rebel talks team Dr. Baburam Bhattarai said today’s talks focused on finalizing the incomplete draft interim statute, modalities of the constituent assembly elections, arms management of both the state and the Maoists, and the socio-cultural restructuring of the state.
“We (the Maoists) have stressed on the package deal, which includes the key political agendas including the future of the monarchy, interim government and arms management issues, among others, with the seven parties’ government,” said Bhattarai, adding, “We are hopeful the next meeting will finalize all these issues and the talks will be meaningful in achieving a political way out.”
According to a an earlier statement issued by both talks teams today, the meeting concentrated on finalising the agendas such as interim constitution, interim legislature, modalities of arms management and future of the monarchy, assistance to the victims of the conflict, socio-economic restructuring of the state, among others.
“The talks are moving ahead positively,” said the statement signed by the coordinators of the government and rebels talks team, Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Krishna Bahadur Mahara respectively.
The meeting also discussed the issue of finalising the dates for the constituent assembly elections.