International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAP) deligation meets Koirala


L&G, June 24: A delegation of International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAP) led by its Founding Chairman Jose De Venecia Jr. on Wednesday met with Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala at the latter's residence in Balawatar and discussed the ongoing peace process.


During the meeting the delegates showed interest about how the parties were moving ahead to bring the peace process to a logical end and how they were coping with the recent developments.


In response, Koirala appraised the delegation of his initiative to form a high-level mechanism of all the political parties to implement the past agreements and suggest the government. "We [political parties] have agreed to stretch the mechanism up to the VDC level," Koirala was quoted as saying by his foreign relations advisor Suresh Chalise.


During the meeting the delegates also suggested Koirala different models of presidential and prime ministerial systems. While delegates from Pakistan suggested Koirala not to opt for a presidential system stating that it would pave way for despotism, Venecia Jr., who is four-time Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Philippines Parliament reportedly suggested the NC president to devise a unique model suited to local set up.


The delegation also invited NC to the fourth General Assembly of ICAP. Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and some other political parties are members of the ICAP to be held in Kazakhstan on September 25.

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