Security concerns of Nepal, India linked: Experts

Security concerns of Nepal and India were interlinked as the two neighbours had a unique relationship, experts underlined.

Last Updated: May 15, 2011, 19:58 PM IST

Kathmandu: Security concerns of Nepal and
India were interlinked as the two neighbours had a unique
relationship, experts underlined here on Sunday.

Experts, who participated at a two-day conference
organised by Nepal Editors’ Society in association of BP
Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, highlighted the role of the
media in strengthening people-to-people relations between the
two countries.
Senior Nepalese journalist Harihar Birahi highlighted
the view of late Nepali Congress leader B.P. Koirala who had
maintained that the security concerns of the two nations were
interlinked.

India and Nepal have a porous border that allows their
citizens to move and work in each others countries without any
special permission.

Indian journalist Bharat Bhushan brought to focus
Indian concerns over the unstable conditions in Nepal amid the
determination of the Maoists to retain the option of militancy
even as they participate in the democratic process.
It has added to India’s difficulty in managing its
interests in Nepal, he pointed out.

Nepal has been faced with political instability since
the landmark 2008 Constituent Assembly election to draft a new
constitution for the young republic.

Nepalese parties are divided over the 2006 peace
process which has delayed the promulgation of the constitution
for the country.

The government last week proposed a one-year extension
for the parliament amid its failure to promulgate the
constitution by the May 28 deadline.

Papers were presented at the conference attended by
some 60 journalists from Nepal and India.

PTI