KATHMANDU, April 7 (Xinhua) -- At a time when Nepal is all set to start a constitution drafting process, settlement of war-era criminal cases has emerged as challenging tasks for the parties, leaders said on Monday.
Parties in principle agree to form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission on Enforced Disappearance (CED) but they are divided over the contents. TRC and CED are regarded as transitional justice mechanisms.
The Ministry of Justice is drafting separate bills for TRC and CED but the UCPN (Maoist), a major stakeholder of peace process, has objected the government's unilateral move, warning that it will hit the street.
The Maoist party, a signatory of Comprehensive Peace Accord ( CPA), which has envisaged forming such commission, is saying that government is not consulting all the parties while drafting the TRC bill.
After the Maoist's objection, parties on Sunday formed a cross- party committee to prepare the draft of bills and present at the Parliament within Wednesday. But, Parties are still divided over the contents of TRC.
The UCPN (Maoist) is of the view that all the war-era cases should be investigated but there should not be a provision of prosecution. The former rebel is saying that if the provision of prosecution is included it would not be helpful to maintain peace through reconciliation in the society.
In the absence of TRC, police administration is arresting the cadres of Maoist party in connection to war-era cases. The UCPN ( Maoist) has already said that constitution drafting process can not move ahead smoothly if TRC is not formed as per their demands.
"The fate of new constitution depends on how the issue of TRC and other peace process related activities moves ahead," Maoist leader Agni Sapkota told the Xinhua. He said that government and larger parties are not serious in the constitution drafting process settling the TRC cases.