Forge agreement for early polls: EU troika to political parties

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Kathmandu, Dec 5 (UNI) The visiting European Union (EU) troika today suggested the major political actors of Nepal to find an agreement to conduct the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections at the earliest.

The team, led by EU Special Representative Pedro Moitinho de Almeida, called on Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and consulted on a wide range of political issues at the latter's residence at Baluwatar this morning, Kantipur reported today.

Mr Koirala reiterated his commitment to hold the polls at the earliest, a source said.

During a meeting held this morning with CPN-UML at the party central office in Balkhu, the high-level delegation suggested the party leaders to find an agreement soon by focusing on the CA polls.

The delegation, which is on three-day Nepal visit to assist in the peace process, also stressed on the need to maintain the seven-party-alliance intact.

The UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal assured the delegation that the parties were committed to hold the elections as soon as possible by keeping the unity intact.

The sources said the EU delegation is due to meet the Maoist leadership this evening.

The team had yesterday met Foreign Affairs Minister Sahana Pradhan, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Bhoj Raj Pokhrel.

After the meeting, Foreign Minister Ms Pradhan had said that she found that the EU troika wanted the monarchy's fate to be decided by the first meeting of an elected CA as per the earlier agreement.

The EU delegation includes officials from Portugal, the current EU Presidency, Slovenia, the forthcoming EU Presidency, the European Commission and the European Council.

UNI

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