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'Nepali people will decide future of monarchy'

Written by: Staff

Kathmandu, June 16: Former US President Jimmy Carter today said the future of monarchy in Nepal should be decided by its people.

''It is up to the people of the sovereign nation of Nepal to decide the role of the royal palace,'' Mr Carter said on the concluding day of his four-day visit.

The former US president, also the co-founder of the Carter Center, met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Maoists chairman Prachand and senior leaders of all the major political parties, civil society and non-governmental organisations.

However, he did not meet suspended King Gyanendra.

He said the US must establish communication lines with Nepal's Maoists regarding the removal of the terrorist tag imposed on the them.

''The Maoists have complied with the United Nations requirements and disarmed to some degree. The US should establish communication with the Maoists,'' Mr Carter said.

''The present law and order situation is unacceptable. A safe and secure environment is a core requirement for progress in the transition process,'' the former US president said.

He expressed concern about the activities of the Maoist wing-- the Young Communist League.

''I am still concerned about the Young Communist League. My hope is that they will mend their ways.'' Mr Carter said Mr Prachand had acknowledged that there had been some problem and he would take responsibility to end this trend.

''My report will be submitted to the White House,'' Mr Carter said.

The Carter Centre has established its office in Nepal in 2003.

The Center was founded in 1982 by Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.


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