KATHMANDU, April 22: The third day of talks between top guns of the CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) ended inconclusively on Saturday as differences over power sharing and rotation of premiership continue to hinder unification efforts between the two ruling parties.
Despite signing a seven-point framework agreement to unite in February, the two parties have not been able to finalize the merger mainly due to lack of consensus on the modality of power sharing.
Leaders from the two parties have been making continuous efforts to sort out the differences. After two days of indecisive talks, Prime Minister and UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday held extensive discussions on the disputed issues during a meeting held at the former’s residence in Baluwatar.
Leaders briefed about the meeting said that the talks have proved fruitful in decreasing distrusts between the two parties but claimed that the two parties are still poles apart on the major bone of contention.
Maoist Center spokesperson Pampha Bhusal told Republica that the talks have been moving in positive direction. “As far as I know, there are still some differences. But we are hopeful of positive outcome in the wake of continuous engagement between the two leaders,” said Bhusal.
A UML leader said that the two leaders have reached an understanding to make renewed commitment for the unification during a program proposed on Sunday to commemorate Lenin’s birth anniversary.