Nepalese parties asked to show restraint

With the Maoists threatening to launch massive anti-government protests tomorrow, the US on Friday asked all Nepalese political parties to exercise restraint and work toward a fruitful conclusion of the peace process.

Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 21:02 PM IST

Kathmandu: With the Maoists threatening
to launch massive anti-government protests tomorrow, the US
on Friday asked all Nepalese political parties to exercise
restraint and work toward a fruitful conclusion of the peace
process.
"Such a consensus would avoid a Constitutional crisis
and ensure that the hard work already invested in the peace
process is brought to a fruitful conclusion," US Ambassador to
Nepal Scott H DeLisi said in a statement here today.

As Nepal has come a long way since the Comprehensive
Peace Agreement was signed in 2006, these gains should not be
lost, he said.

According to the statement, DeLisi has also spoken to
Maoist Chairman Prachanda today and asked him to do everything
possible to ensure that the May Day rallies are conducted
peacefully.
The priority now for the political parties is to work
toward a permanent peace and resolve the critical issues
facing the country ? the drafting of a Constitution and the
conclusion of the peace process, he said.

Meanwhile, Baburam Bhattarai, the vice-chairman of the
main Opposition United CPN-Maoist, announced that his party
will gather five lakh supporters in the capital tomorrow to
demand the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.

PTI