From The Nepali Press
Kantipur, 10 February
Advocate Tika Bhattarai
FROM ISSUE #132 (14 FEB 2003 - 20 FEB 2003) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The main issue that must be agreed upon between the mainstream political parties and the Maoists is political freedom. That includes elections on a multiparty basis and freedom of expression. If the Maoists accept these two fundamental issues, then there will be very little differences among the Maoists and the major parties. As far as the king is concerned, if he accepts a popularly elected candidate as a representative of the Nepali people, then he needn't stake everything on a constituent assembly. So, if an interim government is formed with participation of the Maoists and they participate in a constitution drafting committee like in 1990, then we can expect a positive outcome to what promises to be a lengthy peace process. And if we agree on these issues there will not be much difficulty in accommodating the rebel army and hitherto sidelined castes and ethnic communities.