India has positive attitude towards Nepal talks: Maoists
The reaction came after Maoist leader Prachanda met Indian Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee.india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 15:13 IST
India has shown a positive attitude towards the peace talks in Nepal and has pledged its support to make them successful, the Maoists have said after their leader Prachanda met Indian Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee.
The talks between the two here on Tuesday night were focussed on mustering India's goodwill in making the ongoing peace talks successful, senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai, who accompanied Prachanda, to the meeting said.
"India has shown a positive guesture towards the ongoing peace talks and has pledged to support in any possible way to make the talks successful," Bhattarai was quoted as saying by The Rising Nepal.
"India is Nepal's immediate neighbour and it would naturally have a prominent role in assisting the peace process," he told reporters after the meeting.
"We intend to seek India's goodwill rather than seek its direct involvement and assistance," he said.
He also said that Prachanda has requested Ambassador Mukherjee to mediate with the Indian Government for the release of Maoist leaders Mohan Baidya and CP Gajurel along with others who are languishing in Indian jails on various charges.
The Indian envoy responded positively about releasing some of the Maoist leaders, he said.
Prachanda met the Indian envoy at a time when the Nepal government and Maoists are preparing ground for the final round of summit talks that aim at ending the ten-year armed conflict and restore permanent peace in the Himalayan nation.