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From The Nepali Press
Talks soon

Why do you think the government has been slow to form a talks team?
They are probably discussing it among themselves to come to an agreement. Let's hope the seven parties rid themselves of their past weaknesses and that the talks begin soon.

Under what conditions will the summit talks under your leadership be public?
Our party's central committee convention recently decided to sit for talks with the seven-party government with the aim of ending feudalistic regression and seeing to it that the 12-point agreement between us and the parties is implemented. The party has already declared that two committees will be formed, one for preparations talks and the other for summit talks. Whether the chairman leads the summit talks depends on what happens in the preparation talks.

The government doesn't seem to be accepting your code of conduct. Is there any debate about it? Will it be implemented honestly?
The seven parties are discussing the code of conduct amongst themselves and we do not see the possibility of a serious disagreement about it. As the 12-point agreement gave directions for the preparation of the code and its implementation, we assume that there will be no problems regarding this. Those who try to work against the understanding will be easily exposed for the people to see.

How do you view the fact that action was taken against three security chiefs but not the army chief?
We were pressing for action against the security chiefs, not as a pre-condition for talks but to meet the expectations of the people's movement. It was a positive sign when the government moved against the police chiefs. But by not acting against the army commanders, who were the main supporters of the palace and other regressive forces, the government has shown that it is afraid to work according to the people's sentiments. If the leaders of the army remain, it will look as if the government is willing only to sacrifice the weak.

Have you had talks within the central committee about who will lead the interim government that will take us to a constituent assembly?
The committee's recent meeting produced a 10-point roadmap for talks, peace and further development. It clearly states that the current parliament, constitution and government should be scrapped, an interim constitution be written and a government formed through roundtable talks to hold elections to a constituent assembly. It will also restructure the army and state based on the results of the assembly. The leadership of the interim government that will hold the constituent assembly will be decided through talks.

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)