India's LARGEST EVER political poll. Have you participated yet?
  • search

White House calls for dialogue for democracy in Nepal

By Staff
Subscribe to Oneindia News

Washington, Apr 19: The United States has said democracy and dialogue are the only effective ways to deal with the insurgency in Nepal.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, White House press secretary Scott McClellan warned that the unrest in the country ''will only worsen'' unless king Gyanendra takes immediate action and added ''arrests and violence accompanying the pro-democracy demonstrations only add to the insecurity and compound the serious problem facing Nepal.'' The demonstrations and general strikes in the Himalayan kingdom in support of a return of the democratic governament have entered their 13th day, and the media have reported the killing of five protesters by the Nepalese security forces.

King Gyanendra seized absolute power of mountainous nation in February 2005, arguing that he needed direct powers to defeat a 10-year insurgency by Maoist rebels.

Mr McClellan said the king's call for dialogue with the country's constitutional political parties ''is an acknowledgement of the path that must be taken to overcome the current crisis, but we don't believe it goes far enough.'' ''The king must immediately restore democracy and take steps to engage Nepal's constitutional political parties,'' he said.


For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more