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India tells Nepal King to restore multi-party democracy

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Kathmandu, Apr 20 (UNI) India today conveyed to Nepal's King Gyanendra to hold genuine dialogue with constitutional forces and urgently restore multi-party democracy in the country to overcome the present crisis.

Dr Karan Singh, the Special Envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who met the Nepal Monarch at his Narayanhity Palace here, expressed India's readiness to support all efforts towards this end and emphasised that a lasting solution to the problems of Nepal had to be found by the people through a peaceful political process.

Dr Singh, who was joined by Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, is likely to return later today.

The meeting between Dr Karan Singh and King Gyanendra took place even as massive protests continued across the country against the 'autocratic rule' of the monarch.

The government has imposed 18-hour curfew and issued shoot-at-sight orders.

Dr Karan Singh, who has ancestral links with the Nepalese Royal family and is the former Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, had yesterday, after his arrival from New Delhi, held talks with Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and General Secretary of CPN UML, Madhav Kumar Nepal.

''I have come to Nepal with a positive attitude. All sides and political parties should have a positive attitude,'' Dr Singh told journalists after the 45-minute meeting with Mr Koirala.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Secretary, who came here from Bhutan where he had gone to meet King Jigme Singhye Wangchuk, and Indian ambassador to Nepal Shiv Shankar Mukherjee met Chief of the Army staff General Pyar Jung Thapa.

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