Condolences pour for Koirala as Nepal mourns

Condolences kept pouring on demise of GP Koirala with international community asking the country to speed up stalled peace process to honour his legacy.

Updated: Mar 23, 2010, 16:21 PM IST

Kathmandu: Condolences kept pouring on the
demise of Nepal`s towering leader Girija Prasad Koirala with
the international community asking the country to speed up the
stalled peace process to honour his legacy.

As Nepal mourned the loss of its leader, the US in its
condolence message said the best way to honour Koirala`s
legacy is to accelerate the peace process and finalise the new
constitution as quickly as possible.

Former US President Jimmy Carter described Koirala as a
statesman who remained unwavering in his commitment to peace
and democracy in Nepal.

Mourning Koirla`s death, Japan termed it a great loss for
the nation and said the leader had made historic contribution
to the ongoing peace process and democracy in Nepal.

Tokyo said all political parties in Nepal should be
united and accelerate the constitution drafting process.

Expressing sorrow, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi
said: "Nepali people have lost a true friend in the demise".

European Union said in a statement that Koirala was the
main architect of the peace process which ended the
decade-long insurgency.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she is
deeply shocked and grieved by the demise of Koirala adding he
was a great leader and a champion of democracy.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi in a message to Sujata
Koirala termed the demise of her father as an irreparable
damage. She also recalled the decade-old relationship between
former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Koirala.