Sri Lanka says Nepal has sought help to resolve crisis

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 23:51

Colombo: Nepalese President Ram Baran
Yadav has asked his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapksa to
help Kathmandu in resolving the political crisis prevailing in
the Himalayan nation.

President Yadav had asked President Rajapksa to
mediate and resolve his country`s internal political crisis,
Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G L Peiris told
parliament here.

The Nepalese President`s request came when President
Rajapaksa was in China last month on a two-day official visit,
Peris said.

As the president had similarly intervened and
settled the crisis in the Maldives, the Nepalese president
asked Rajapaksha to settle their crisis too, Peiris said.

"President Rajapaksa is now being accepted not only as
the leader of Sri Lanka but as a regional leader too", Peiris
asserted.

Rajapksa visited Male in July to mediate in the crisis
between the Maldivian president and the opposition controlled
parliament.

Meanwhile, the main opposition warned the government
that the country would be caught in an international
tug-of-war if it failed to carefully handle the geo political
interests of China and India.

United National Party MP Gamini Jayawickrema Perera
told parliament that he feared Sri Lanka will suffer like
countries such as Afghanistan and Sudan by trying to intervene
in international affairs.

"I hope and pray it will not happen," he said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 23:51

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