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UML to make 'special initiative' to break deadlock.

KATHMANDU, April 25 -- The ruling CPN-UML has prepared for a 'special initiative' to end the political impasse. The initiative can extend up to the change of guard in government, UML leaders said on Sunday.

The UML Standing Committee (SC) meeting held at party headquarters in Balkhu today decided to make 'special initiative' for national consensus, UML General Secretary Ishwor Pokharel informed. The special initiative will focus on management of Maoist combatants, national government and new statute, said Pokharel adding, "It is not necessary that the current government should stay if consensus is forged." He also said the SC meeting decided to show maximum flexibility for breaking the political deadlock.

The UML has also urged the Maoists to roll back its agitation programmes.

The UML, in its earlier Central Committee meeting, had decided to open up all possible ways for defusing the political standoff.

The UML SC meeting comes at a time when the Maoists have announced their agitation programme and the prospect of new statute meeting the deadline seems but bleak.

Also on the occasion, Defence Minister and UML Vice Chairman Bidhya Bhandari said the party is ready to hold discussions on peace, new constitution, and power sharing. She, however, said that the Maoists should stop their donation drive in the name of agitation, vacating the schools and houses and halt their preparations for revolt.

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