Indian envoy meets Prachanda ahead of New Delhi visit
Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 18:39
Kathmandu: Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood Sunday met Maoists supremo Prachanda as the former rebels have blamed New Delhi for Nepal's deepening political crisis.

During the meeting at Prachanda's residence they discussed bilateral relations and the current political situation, according to sources at the Indian Embassy.

Addressing a rally in Kathmandu last week, Prachanda accused India of "naked interference" in the internal affairs of Nepal and expressed desire to hold "direct talk" with New Delhi, ignoring the "puppet government" here to end the deadlock in the country.

Prachanda also demanded the scrapping of the landmark 1950 Indo-Nepal Peace and Friendship Treaty along with all other "unequal" pacts with India. The former rebel leader also called for the withdrawal of Indian troops from Kalapani, a disputed part of Nepal’s territory on the borders of India, Nepal and China.

The envoy left for Delhi shortly after the meeting to have consultation. No further details were available on the one-hour meeting between Ambassador Sood and Prachanda.

The political crisis in Nepal deepened with the Maoists determined to impose an indefinite strike from Jan 24.

The parties are deadlocked over the Maoists' demand to rectify the decision of President Ram Baran Yadav, who reinstated General Rukmangad Katawal, the then Army Chief dismissed by Prime Minister Prachanda in May.

Katawal has been blamed by Prachanda for resisting the integration of the former Maoists guerrillas into the army as dictated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of November 2006.


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 18:39

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