KATHMANDU, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Nepal's major political parties - Nepali Congress (NC), CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) - began parleys Wednesday to call the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly ( CA) and sort out other contentious issues.
The parties held the first meeting of the High Level Political Committee (HLPC), a cross-party mechanism formed on March to guide the government on policy-related issues. They discussed the issue raised by the Maoist party that an independent probe panel should be formed to investigate the poll irregularities and amend the interim constitution to revive the politics of consensus.
The parties are working to sort out a number of issues, including the amendment to the interim constitution that will facilitate to call the first CA meeting. Cross-party leaders said an all-party consensus is needed to amend the constitution to call the first CA meeting.
Article 69 of the constitution states that the prime minister will call the first meeting within 21 days of the final election results.
As the government is now chaired by Raj Regmi, who is not a prime minister, the government is preparing to amend the constitution so the head of state can call the CA meeting. The UCPN (Maoist) is objected to such a move, saying that such an amendment should be made after its demands are addressed.
The UCPN (Maoist) which emerged as one of the three largest parties from Nov. 19 election maintains the stand that it will not join new CA if its demands remain unaddressed. The other major parties - NC and UML, are saying that all the issues should be resolved in parliament.
"We are discussing various alternatives but there has not been any agreement yet," NC Vice-chairman Ram Chandra Poudel told a group of reporters after the Wednesday's HLPC.