News we are following: Dec 24- In a bid to plug growing fissures between the government and the Maoists, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala held discussions with Maoist Chairman Prachanda and Maoist-second-in-command Dr Baburam Bhattarai Sunday morning (Dec 24) at the formers’ residence in Baluwatar, reports eKantipur.
According to sources, the trio discussed the interim constitution, appointment of the ambassadors, arms management, among other issue, during the meet. Both Maoist leaders urged the PM to begin the process of arms management at the earliest possible to expedite the issuance of the interim statute, sources said. During the meet, Prachanda clarified to the PM that the CPN-M was forced to call the day-long valley strike after the government went against the spirit of the SPA-Maoist agreement to appoint ambassadors and officials at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The PM, meanwhile, urged the Maoist not to harbor any further suspicions “since all important decisions henceforth would be issued only after an agreement and consultations with the seven parties and the Maoists.” The PM on Friday had said that the government had consulted with CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda while nominating ambassadors and members of the NHRC, asserting that he wouldn’t be withdrawing the names. He also said that he had told Prachanda that he would keep some seats on the NHRC and the ambassadorship for France for the Maoists.