Leaders agree on law on transitional mechanism based on consensus

January 18, KATHMANDU : Senior leaders of the top political parties have agreed to prepare bill on transitional justice mechanism. The meeting of the Prime Minister and ruling NCP Chairman KP Sharma Oli, NCP Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba have agreed for the amendment of the bill on the Commission for Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) and Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

At the meeting held at PM Oli’s residence, Baluwatar, today, they build the consensus that the bill on CIEDP and TRC would be tabled in the parliament in this winter session and consensus forged accordingly, said NC parliamentary party deputy leader Subash Nembang, who also attended the meeting. “Top leaders decided to pass the bill on CIEDP and TRC in this very session,” he added.

Similarly, Nepali Congress leader Ramesh Lekhak said the meeting decided to present the bill based on the suggestion garnered from all seven States. Earlier, suggestions were taken from the States on the bill. The top leaders also discussed the appointment of officials at TRC and CIEDP, according to him.

Leader Lekhak further said the Cabinet will appoint the officials named by the recommendation committee in the two commissions as per the meeting. “The government appoints the chairman and commissioners at CIEDP and TRC immediately after the recommendation committee provides name,” he added, and said the leaderships were also concerned over the remaining tasks of the peace process for lack of amended law and commission officials.

It has been also almost ten months the CIEDP and TRC jobless after the expiry of the terms of its officials. A recommendation committee was formed to furnish names to be appointed at TRC and CIEDP, but it has not been able to recommend names so far.

The meeting was also attended by leaders Lekhak, Nembang, Khimlal Devkota, Dr Minendra Rijal and others. PM Oli had held similar consultation on Friday as well. (RSS)

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