British PM, Jimmy Carter laud Koirala's role in Nepal

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Kathmandu, Sep 17 (UNI) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former US president Jimmy Carter have congratulated Nepali Congress president Girija Prasad Koirala for his ''incredible role'' in leading the peace process by conducting the April 10 elections to form the Constituent Assembly successfully.

"It is to your credit that Nepal has now entered a historic new period in its history," The Kathmandu Post quoted the congratulatory message of the British Prime Minister Brown as saying. It said that the letter dated August 29 was received here today.

Expressing confidence in sustainable peace and prosperity for the people of Nepal, Brown said the UK would continue to work with Nepal in its further steps to strengthen democracy.

Carter, the founder of the US-based international organization- The Carter Center-commended Koirala for his dedication to establishing an inclusive, democratic, and prosperous Nepal in which all people's human rights would be respected.

"The CA is expected to write a constitution that will restructure the country and address difficult topics of language, ethnicity, caste, religious freedom and other issues," he said.

Carter expressed confidence that the past pacts and understandings reached in the course of the peace process would be implemented with high priority in future.

Former prime minister Koirala played a crucial role to bring the Maoists to the peace process despite the opposition of the US and some other western countries. Maoists are still in the terrorist list of the US.

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