India must help in return of peace, democracy in Nepal: Sharad Yadav

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New Delhi, Sep 24 (UNI) Expressing concern over the developments in Nepal, Janata Dal(United) president and head of the Indo-Nepal Friendship Forum Sharad Yadav today urged the government to help the return of peace and democracy in the neighbouring country and facilitate the return of CPN (Maoists) into the GP Koirala government.

Mr Yadav told reporters here that he would write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and also meet him, asking him to take note of the serious situation in Nepal and do everything possible within the limits of International laws governing the relations between the two countries.

He said that India, which is the closest and nearest neighbour having long and porous boder with Nepal, could play a crucial role helping the peace process in the Himalayan nation and end of violence there. So, the government must do everything necessary to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries at the level of governments and people.

Regretting that while the governemnt was concentrating all its efforts and energy on the Indo-US nuclear deal, he said that it has closed its eyes to the disturbing developments in Nepal which could have wide-ranging ramifications for the country. He called the government to facilitate social harmoy between the people of hills and Madhesis to avoid a Bangladesh like situation in Nepal.

Mr Yadav, who had spoken to Maoist leader Prachanda and other Nepalese Congress leaders on telephone yesterday, said that the Maoist leader told him that though his party has withdrawn from the government on the issue of the fate of the King, they were in favour of and committed to the peace process.

Criticising the government for tackling the Nepal issue at the bureaucratic level, he said that instead of a bureaucrat, a seasoned politician having the knowledge of the politics, history and culture of Nepal should be appointed as the Ambassador of India in that country.

He said that Nepal is passing through truly historic times and it was the duty of all well wishers of Nepal to help consoldiation of democracy there. ''This is a delicate job and cannot be left to the bureaucracy in foreign office alone. It requires sensitive handling by people whether in government or outside, who are well versed with politics, history and culture of Nepal.'' UNI AJ vd ht1814

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