Nepal spinning out of control: Karan Singh
"We do not want to interfere, but the situation in Nepal seems to be spinning out of control," the Indian envoy said.india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 20:31 IST
India's newly appointed special envoy to Nepal said on Tuesday that civil unrest against the monarchy was "spinning out of control" in the troubled Himalayan nation.
"We do not want to interfere in the internal affairs of any other country but the situation in Nepal seems to be spinning out of control," said senior diplomat Karan Singh, who was appointed special envoy on Tuesday and is set to visit Nepal on Wednesday.
Nepal's powerful southern neighbour India stopped arms supplies after King Gyanendra seized absolute power in February 2005.
Singh, a former ambassador to the US, said he would meet the besieged monarch as well as sidelined political leaders.
"The Prime Minister has asked me to go to Nepal to take a message to the king and also make a general assessment of the situation," said Singh, who is married to a member of one of Nepal's royal clans.
"I also expect to meet leaders of the political parties while I am there," the 75-year-old special envoy told reporters, without specifying the number of days he planned to spend in Kathmandu.
"A lot of violence is growing and there is a lot of unrest spreading throughout the kingdom and that is naturally a matter of concern for us because we have an open border with Nepal and we have such close relations."