-  Tuesday 11 August 2020

Menon in Nepal to help resolve impasse

 -  Times of India

Sept 17 2007 - With a new Maoist time bomb ticking away in Nepal, Indian foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon's two-day visit is being watched like a hawk by all stakeholders, from the political parties to the royal palace.

Menon's arrival in Kathmandu on Saturday coincides with the Maoists meeting Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and delivering a 48-hour ultimatum: the government has to implement by Monday the 22 demands put forward by them a month ago or have the guerrillas leave the ruling alliance and begin a new revolt from Tuesday.

A grim Maoist chairman Prachanda and senior leader Baburam Bhattarai held a nearly 90-minute meeting with Koirala, telling him if the demands were not fulfilled by Monday, they would pull out of the cabinet and go to the people.

Nepal has reached this stage today because of the pact between the four parties, Bhattarai told the media after the parleys failed. "Now we have to take it to greater heights. For a free and fair election, we have to abolish monarchy. If the government fails to heed our demands, there's no need for us to stay in the government. We will go to the people."

Source : Times of India

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