NC rejects Maoists demand, asks rebels to respect peace accord

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Kathmandu, Oct 10 (UNI) Chances of a resolution to the political impasse in Nepal received a further jolt today with the Nepali Congress asserting that the Maoist demand of declaring the nation a republic and adopting a fully proportional electoral system were unacceptable to it.

The three-day Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the party, which concluded today at Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's official Baluwatar residence, stressing that the Maoist demands were in violation of the Interim Constitution written with political consensus and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

The CWC urged the Maoist leadership to show commitment to the interim constitution and implement the peace accord in letter and spirit.

The Committee also accused the Maoists of not doing enough to stop kidnappings and ''donation'' drives. The meeting urged the rebels to immediately stop such acitivities and return all seized properties.

Accusing the government of not taking the peace and security situation in the country seriously, the party stated that the local bodies were not able to provide services to the people due to the lack of security.

The parliamentary party meeting of the Nepali Congress is also being held today, on the eve of a special session of Parliament, beginning tomorrow.

A majority of the Working Committee members had called for a new general convention yesterday in order to see through the unification process of the party. They had also suggested downsizing of party committees to run the party more efficiently.


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