Interview with Dina Nath Sharma, Politburo member of the CPN (Maoist) after a joint meeting between 11 leftist parties on 11 March.
How did the meeting go?
It was a goodwill meeting, we did not decide on anything concrete. We agreed to launch a movement against the king's move.
What kind of movement is this going to be?
We will work towards a peaceful resolution, that is why we agreed on a ceasefire. But we are concerned the government has not been able to create a conducive environment for talks. Internal difficulties may have prevented them from announcing a code of conduct.
How do you think this meeting will effect the proposed peace talks?
This meeting will have a very positive effect on the peace talks. We believe it will help the country move to a forward-looking political solution.
Are you willing to talk with the Chand government?
We never said we would talk with the Chand government. All we agreed to was to open doors to communication with the present regime. We are talking about a dialogue between the old and the new regime. The current ceasefire is between two armies.
When do you think the peace talk will happen?
We don't know the exact date, but we hope it will be soon. We are ready to sit for negotiations as soon as the government makes an atmosphere that will foster peace talks.