From The Nepali Press
Nepali Congress Vice Chairman Sushil Koirala in Janabhavana, 16 January
FROM ISSUE #282 (20 JAN 2006 - 26 JAN 2006) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Nepali Congress has not demanded a republic. The party has not yet embarked on the journey toward that end. Nor has the seven-party alliance pronounced the word. Have a look at the understanding made among the parties, there is no mention of a republican set-up in it. Some parties' leaders have been speaking in support of a republic, it is their individual right. The 12-point understanding with the Maoists also does not mention a republican set up. The new generation of our party has been raising their voices for republicanism because they have suffered while demanding democracy. Every time they have gone out onto the street in support of democracy, they have been beaten and their rights have been violated. They are frustrated and therefore they are talking about a republican agenda. But the Nepali Congress as a party has been demanding the reinstatement of the House of Representatives and for peace and reconciliation with the king. The party has not given up that demand. It's not just the Nepali Congress-the seven party alliance too has not abandoned the agenda of having the House reinstated. We still believe that would be the way out of the present political crisis. We have already relayed this message to the state and the king. But our voice remains unheard. The king has chosen to go his own way. But, the Maoists listened to us. That is why they declared unilateral ceasefire and extended it for one month. Because the Maoists were receptive to us, they could enter into the 12-point understanding with the seven-party alliance. When the Maoists approached to propose working together, we made it clear to them that there cannot be such a partnership unless they give up violence and terrorism. We want to solve this problem peacefully. If the House of Representatives is reinstated, the political environment will change completely and the crisis will end.