Nepal for peace-for-arms trade-off with India




 
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March 7th, 2005  
Xion
 

Topic: Nepal for peace-for-arms trade-off with India


NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of international isolation, Nepalese Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey begins his three-day "working visit" with top brass of the Indian government starting Monday.


In the first high-level visit after the royal takeover of power in Nepal Pandey will discuss "the current political situation of Nepal" besides other bilateral matters, Nepal's Foreign Secretary Madhuraman Acharya, said on Sunday.

However, there is more to the visit than is being revealed.

Pandey is in New Delhi to convey the message that Nepal King Gyanendra is ready to relent, according to sources close to the ongoing Indo-Nepal negotiations.

Pandey will convey the Kings' willingness to ease restrictions on media and political leaders in the Himalayan Kingdom, meeting partially India's demand for immediate restoration of multiparty democracy and release of all political prisoners

During his meetings with Indian leaders, Pandey is expected to discuss the finer details of the possible steps that the Himalayan kingdom would initiate on this front.

Pandey will have a lunch meeting with External Affairs minister Natwar Singh and other senior officials today.

The visit was arranged on the request of the Nepali government, and is the first contact at that level between the two countries after the royal coup on February 1.

What other specific steps would be taken by the King to reassure the international community is not yet known. But as of now it is confirmed that the King is not ready for an immediate elections in his country.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/a...ow/1043050.cms
March 7th, 2005  
Pyro
 
hopefully democracy can be restored without bloodshed
March 7th, 2005  
Xion
 
Thats quite a tough task, the King is determined not to heed to any kind of pressure this time.
But they would end up in a position like North Korea eventually, if a government isn't formed soon, there's not much Nepal can do about it.

I pity the King in fact, the democratic government wasn't successful in decimating the Maoists and so he himself took over and since then there have been significant improvements in curbing the Maoist activities, although Nepals economy which depends upon tourism is in a state of severe disarray.
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