Constituent polls by Mid-June of next year, SPA and Maoist hope to reach historic conclusion on Thursday

Addressing a press conference organised at a hotel in Kathmandu following the end of the summit meeting at Baluwatar, government’s talks team coordinator and Home Minister Krishna Prasad Situala said the meeting ended on a positive note, discussing all key issues including :
1.Interim government
2.Framework of the constituent assembly elections,
3.Management of arms and armies and
4.Socio-economic transformation of the country

A joint press release issued by the talks team coordinators said the summit meeting decided to constitute the Election Commission (EC) by mid-October and recommend to the EC to complete the election to constituent assembly by mid-June 2007. Likewise, the meeting gave the responsibility to reach consensus on the issue of arms management and fundamental political issues to the talks teams and present the points of agreement at Thursday’s meeting.

Meanwhile three of the four experts assigned by the United Nations (UN) to assist the Ian Martin led UN mission in Nepal, three have arrived in Nepal .UN Secretary General Kofi Annan had appointed Martin as his personal representative in Nepal in August to assist in Nepal’s peace process after Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chairman Prachanda sent separate letters to the UN seeking world body’s help in Nepal’s peace process on August 09.

The mandate for Martin’s team includes human rights monitoring, monitoring of the code of conduct during the cease-fire, management of arms and armed personnel of both sides, and electoral observation.

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