From The Nepali Press
Speaker Taranath Ranabhat in Gorkhapatra, 21 February
FROM ISSUE #287 (24 FEB 2006 - 02 MARCH 2006) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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If the parties are really worried about the country, democracy and peace, they must come for talks. Without talks, democracy will not survive nor will peace return. If there is no country, where will the parties practice politics? To save the country we also need to activate the constitution. The problems identified in the parliamentary system can be corrected in the constitution, which can also accommodate several demands made by the Maoists. The king's Democracy Day message demonstrated that he supports cooperation between constitutional forces and is committed to saving the constitution. At a time when the parties are protesting on the streets, His Majesty's message has opened the doors to understanding and peace. However, moving toward a constituent assembly would invite further divisions and crisis. The recent interviews of Maoist chairman Prachanda made it clear that the seven opposition parties are in an odd position now. The points for peace in the 12-point pact that they signed with the Maoists are welcome but other provisions are quite troublesome. US Ambassador James Moriarty's recent criticisms of the pact reflect our constitution and are just the arguments we need at this point of time.