Maoist negotiation team arrives in Kathmandu

The Maoist negotiation team, led by party spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara, has arrived Kathmandu on Sunday, reports said.The other members of the team include party leaders Dev Gurung and Dinanath Sharma. Details were not immediately available.

Addressing a mass meeting in the eastern town of Biratnagar on Saturday, Sharma had said the CPN (Maoist) would not return to jungle and would continue taking part in the open politics even if negotiations with the government did not succeed.

The CPN (Maoist) chairman, Prachanda, has said he will arrive Kathmandu to take part in what he called “summit meeting” with the government after preliminary talks between the negotiation team from two sides.

The government has designated Home Minister Krishna Sitaula as coordinator of the government negotiation team but is yet to appoint other members of the team.

The CPN (Maoist) had announced its negotiation team after the government reciprocated its call for three-month-long unilateral ceasefire last month.