India favours peaceful, stable Nepal: Former envoy

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 19:37

Kathmandu: Amid a political deadlock in Nepal
on the issue of the Prime Minister`s resignation, former
Indian envoy to the country, K V Rajan, has said that New
Delhi wanted to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nepal.

India wanted Nepalese parties to resolve their issues
through consensus, Rajan said at the `Reporters Club Nepal`
here.

However, he said it was up to the people and political
parties here to decide how they wanted to arrive at consensus
and who should lead the government.

His comments follow opposition Maoists allegations that
Nepal`s 22-party ruling alliance had betrayed them by
backtracking on a promise that Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal
would resign soon after a one-year extension was granted to
the Constituent Assembly, whose term was to expire on May 28.

Rajan said India was always in favour of a peaceful,
stable and prosperous Nepal, while dismissing charges that New
Delhi had interfered in this country`s internal affairs. He
also rejected the view that India`s policy had failed in Nepal
in the recent period.

As the international community was closely watching
Nepal`s peace process, the political parties here should
seriously work towards concluding it by forging consensus,
Rajan said.

He also asked the opposition Maoists to show commitment
towards non-violence and democracy in order to prove their
credibility at international level.

Nepal`s peace process was unique and political parties
here were capable of finding a democratic solution to the
issue of integration of Maoist combatants with the army, Rajan
said.

The peace process could not be concluded and Constitution
could not be written without the cooperation of Maoists, he
said.

Rajan said the Mahakali Treaty signed in mid-90s was a
historic achievement for both Nepal and India. Nepal could
learn a lesson from that treaty about how important it was to
forge consensus for solving national issues.

India was also facing the problem of Naxalites, which was
a challenge to it, he said and advised adoption of a holistic
approach to solve such issues instead of trying to deal with
them only through the use of military.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 19:37

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