CPN-Maoist to talk to major parties
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE KATHMANDU: The agitating CPN-Maoist has finally shown willingness to sit for talks with major political parties to discuss the modality of the roundtable conference for settling disputed issues. Welcoming the recent CPN-M decision forming a talks-team to discuss disputed issues, a meeting of the High Level Political Committee (HLPC) today decided to immediately hold talks with the party. HLPC coordinator Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar telephoned CPN-M Chairman Mohan Baidhya and requested him to arrange time and venue for talks.
Baidhya responded positively and said he would inform by 10:00 am tomorrow, according to UCPN-M Vice-chairman Narayankaji Shrestha. As the HLPC has agreed to the CPN-M demand for roundtable conference to settle disputed issues of the constitution, the talks will determine the modality of the conference, Shrestha said after the HLPC meeting held at its office in New Baneshwor.
Responding to the HLPC decision accepting the demand for roundtable conference, the CPN-M last week had formed a talks team headed by Chairman Mohan Baidhya to hold talks with the government and political parties. Sources said leaders and ministers are holding informal talks with CPN-M leaders on the nature and modality of the roundtable conference. “I held a one-on-one meeting with Baidhyajee yesterday and CPN-M General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa and Secretary Netra Bikram Chand today. Talks are heading in positive direction,” said UCPN-M Vice chair Shrestha. As the CPN-M had rejected formal talks with HLPC, the HLPC did not form the talks team today.
Leaders of the four major political forces will hold talks with the CPN-M according to Shrestha. Today’s meeting decided to urge the government not to take any decision that would have long term impact as it was a temporary government formed to hold CA polls, according to Panta. “Basically, this decision comes in reference to the government’s recent move to set up immigration check points in Lumbini and Pashupatinagar and reform Tribhuvan International Airport,” said Panta. The Supreme Court, on July 9, had issued interim order against the government’s decision to allow the Indian government to upgrade the immigration system at Tribhuvan International Airport and set up immigration check points in Lumbini and Pashupatinagar. “As this is an election government, it cannot take any decision with long term impact.
So, leaders from HLPC will call on chairman of Council of Ministers and draw his attention towards this matter,” said Shrestha. Today’s HLPC also decided urge the government and the Election Commission to intensify preparations for the CA elections slated for November 19, according to Shrestha. Meanwhile, sources said the leaders also discussed the issue of appointments to fill vacancies in different constitutional bodies and ambassadorial positions. “The meeting agreed to meet on Monday and decide after holding consultation with the government,” Shrestha said.
Baidhya says no talks with conditions
KATHMANDU: CPN-Maoist Chairman Mohan Baidhya said on Sunday that his party would not accept any condition for talks. Speaking at a book launch programme in the Capital, Baidhya accused the government of not taking serious initiatives for the talks with his party. “Even after we formed a team, they (the government) are not serious for the talks,” he said, cautioning the government not to take his party’s “flexibility” for its weakness.
According to Baidhya, his party is ready to discuss its demand to annul the 25-point presidential decree issued on March 13 but that should be without any condition. He also demanded the government should formally appeal to the 33 dissenting parties for the talks. Talking about his recent visit to China, he claimed that China has not exerted any pressure on Nepal’s internal politics though it wished for the political stability in the country.
Oakland Zimmerman protests result in fires, smashed windows, flag burnings and a vandalized police car
Protesters marched through the streets of San Francisco and Oakland on Saturday evening, upset at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida. In San Francisco, demonstrators marched through the Mission District, hundreds marching down Valencia Street, chanting “Justice for Trayvon Martin.” The crowd dispersed peacefully, and officers will “maintain a presence in the Mission District for the time being,” said San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy, a department spokesman.
Oakland protesters, approximately 125, started fires, smashed and protesters spray-painted “F- the police” and “Kill Pigs” on the side of a police car. The crowd later moved away, stopping at a McDonald’s restaurant shortly after midnight to burn several flags and to spray-paint “Kill Zimmerman” and “FTP,” an anti-police epithet, on the side of Alameda County’s Rene C. Davidson Courthouse.