India welcomes Nepal peace agreement

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 19:42

New Delhi: India on Wednesday welcomed 7-point
agreement among political parties in Nepal to take the
integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants to its
logical conclusion and extended its support to these efforts.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said
this agreement provides a firm basis for successfully
concluding the remaining aspects of Nepal’s peace process.

"We congratulate the people and the political parties in
Nepal for their commitment to peacefully resolving outstanding
issues in a spirit of consensus and for displaying enlightened
leadership," the ministry said.

India fully supports these efforts to pave the way for
Nepal’s transition to a pluralistic and inclusive multi-party
democracy, the statement said.

Putting their differences aside, Nepal`s main political
parties have inked a historic deal last night that includes an
agreement on integrating former Maoist combatants into the
security forces to take a major step towards concluding the
stalled peace process.

The four major political forces, which represent more
than 85 per cent strength of the 601-member Constituent
Assembly, reached a seven-point agreement last night to
conclude the stalled peace process within a month and to
prepare a draft constitution.

Those who signed the deal at the end of a crucial meeting
held at the Prime Minister`s residence at Baluwatar last night
include UCPN-Maoist chief Prachanda, Nepali Congress president
Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML chairman Jhala Nath Khanal and leader
of Joint Democratic Madhesi Front and Deputy Prime Minister
Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 19:42

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