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NC says ball is still in Maoist court.

KATHMANDU, May 9 -- Nepali Congress on Sunday reiterated its stance that national consensus government could be formed only after forging consensus on the peace and statute-drafting processes.

A day after Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that ball is in ruling parties' court and it is upon them whether or not to fulfill the Maoist demands, the NC remarked that the ball is still in the court of main opposition.

A meeting of the NC Central office bearers today reviewed the aftermath situation following the Maoists postponement of their indefinite general strike.

"The meeting reviewed the Maoist leaders statement expressed yesterday at their mass assembly. They had stressed for dialogue. It is positive," said NC leader Krishna Sitaula after the meeting.

He added that at least the task of integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants must take pace and that there should be an agreement on the number of combatants to be integrated in national army.

"The Maoist should propose the number of combatants to be integrated and their combatants must be brought under the government purview," said the NC leader.

Sitaula said the NC is against prolonging the long run political crisis as the May 28 deadline to promulgate the new constitution is nearing.

"The insignificant issue of government formation should not be raised by overshadowing the major agendas of peace and the constitution drafting," said the NC leader.

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Date:May 9, 2010
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