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Talks, referendum



On the possibility of talks and a negotiated settlement:
"Yes, we've always kept the doors open for talks and a peaceful resolution, and we will continue to do so. Remember that we aren't talking only for the sake of talking, but to find a forward-looking political resolution for finding a solution to the people's problems, which are now like a festering wound. In the previous talks, the reactionary government side did not understand the idea of a forward-looking political resolution (if it did, it pretended not to). Through all three rounds of talks, it assumed we were ready to surrender under the existing political regime and neither presented an alternative proposal for political resolution nor had the courage to accept our proposal, which led to the breakdown of the talks. Forgetting this bitter truth Sher Bahadur (Deuba) stupidly went around telling intellectuals, and radio and television that we were traitors. He lacks intellect. If there is anyone who has a little more grey matter and can understand our forward-looking political solution and wants to talk, we are willing to immediately declare a ceasefire and sit down to talk. Chairman Comrade Prachanda's press releases state this, and so the ball clearly lies in their court. If that situation arises, we want to remind you that even the five-day Nepal bandh can be called off."

On a referendum on whether a constituent assembly is needed:
"That is another shrewd move by the (king) to consolidate his position by creating a rift between the revolutionary forces, the masses, and the political parties that are talking about constitutional amendment. This is like (the late king) Birendra, who had a referendum to decide whether Nepal should have a reformed Panchayat or multiparty democracy, and to protect the Panchayat in 1968 (2036). We'd advise that there is no need for another referendum to decide between a constituent assembly and reformed multiparty democracy.. In order to take a political leap today, there are two basic preconditions: handing over the right to make and promulgate the main laws of the country-the constitution-to the sovereign people (or conducting elections to the constituent assembly), and building a national army or people's army..."

(The newspaper's press line states it is published in India, and carries the email address: np_az@yahoo.com).


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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