-  Tuesday 04 August 2020

Prachanda wants India to 'play positive role' in peace process

 -  Hindu

June 13 2007 - Maoist Chairman Prachanda has said that he expected India "to play a positive role" in the fragile peace process in Nepal, contending that the row over the reported "Indian advice" to a top communist leader to tie up with the Nepali Congress is over.

"We would like to make it clear that the suspicions created by some media reports that the Indian government, which is expected to play a positive role throughout the peace process, had suggested for a special alliance between the Nepali Congress and the UML, have ended," Prachanda said in a statement yesterday.

Expressing concern over the recent Maoist activities, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a recent meeting with a delegation of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML) in Delhi had said that the unity between the Nepali Congress and CPN (UML) be strengthened, according to a CPN (UML) leader present in the meeting.

The Maoist chairman had immediately objected to the India Prime Ministers "advice".

However, the UML leaders had refuted reports of such an advice, but they revealed that the Indian side had expressed concern over the forceful activities of the Maoists.

Prachanda had said that the remarks indicated "the beginning of foreign meddling in Nepali politics."

Reiterating his party's commitment to hold the Constituent Assembly elections by further consolidating the eight-party unity, Prachanda said that he had a very positive discussion with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala yesterday to move the peace process forward "by removing all uncertainties and misgivings."

Source: Hindu

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