Peace process is derailed, Maoists must be tried for war-crimes: Deuba

KATHMANDU: Senior Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba has stressed on trying Maoist leaders for war crimes Asserting that the the peace process has been derailed, the former Prime Minister stressed on the need to sue the Maoist leaders for war crimes committed by them during the insurgency period.

Deuba’s statement comes at a time when the European nations have been pressing Nepal to form Truth and Reconcilliation Commission and other transitional justice mechamism to bring war-crimes to books.

Along with that human rights, and journalist bodies across the nation are on agitation demanding trial of Maoist cadres who murdered journalist Dekendra Thapa in 2004.

Speaking at an interaction program organised in Nepalgunj on Friday, Deuba said accused the Maoists of upsetting the peace process and said that the totalitarian mindset of the Maoists is hindering the drafting of the new constitution.

He further slammed the coalition government of unilateral decisions and claimed that the lust for power among political parties was the main reason for the present political and constitutional status quo.

Stating that his party had forwarded Koirala’s candidacy for the PM’s post as per inter-party consensus, he accused the Maoists of deviating from their promises.