Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Indian FM extends helping hand

Indian FM extends helping hand


Himalayan News Service

NEWDELHI: Senior CPN-UML leader KP Sharma Oli today met India’s Foreign Minister SM Krishna and discussed Nepal’s continuing peace process, contemporary politics and issues of mutual concern. Oli, who is in India for his routine health check-up, had to cancel his meetings scheduled for this morning due to exhaustion.
During his half-an-hour long meeting with the Indian FM, Oli briefed the Indian leader about the current political situation of Nepal, challenges facing the peace process and the need for politics of consensus in order to bring the peace process to a logical conclusion.
“He (FM Krishna) assured me of India’s full cooperation in all the matters of peace process and the constitution making process,” Oli told the Himalayan Times when asked about the Indian government’s response in the meeting. Oli also told the Indian FM that his party was a firm believer of democratic polity and would leave no stones unturned to bring the peace process to a logical conclusion by pursuing the politics of consensus.
“Though the Maoists seem to be slightly disenchanted at the moment, they are still an integral part of the CA and the parliament. Ultimately they will have to come to the mainstream. There is no alternative to consensus politics,” Oli remarked when asked about the difficulty to bring the Maoists on board. Oli said he told the Indian FM that they would continue to bring the Maoists into the coalition government and soon the ex rebels would join the government.
When asked if the Indian government had any specific query with regard to Nepal’s peace process, Oli
said that Minister Krishna had
asked why it was taking long to expand the newly formed Madhav Kumar Nepal’s cabinet.
Oli is learnt to have told the Indian Minister that the ongoing dialogues between the coalition partners had been delaying the formation of a full-fledged cabinet.


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