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Nepalese leaders to discuss Terai situation

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 17:22 IST
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Nepalese Prime Minister GP Koirala will meet with leaders of seven political parties and Maoist chief Prachanda on Monday to discuss the flared up violence in southern Terai region which has so far claimed seven lives.

"The meeting will discuss the current situation in southern plains of Nepal bordering India, the possible infiltration by pro-Palace forces and find a way out of the problem," said Rajendra Mahato, general secretary of Nepal Sadbhavana Party (A).

The region has been rocked by violent demonstrations since the past ten days by activists of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum and Jatantrik Terai Mukti Morcha who say the Interim Constitution has "failed" to address the issues raised by the Terai people.

Their demands include converting Nepal into a federal state and delineation of the election constituency on the basis of population.

"Today's eight party meeting is likely to come out with some concrete solution to the Terai crisis," Mahat told the agency.

Curfew has been imposed in at least three cities of Terai for the past ten days.

The protestors on Sunday damaged a local FM station, branch office of the Federation of Nepalese journalists and motorcycles of BBC Radio Nepali service besides beating up some journalists in Birjunj.

The United Nations Office of the High Commission of Human Rights Nepal has expressed concern over the loss of life and intensified violence activities in southern Nepal.

It has also sent mobile monitoring teams in Lahan and Janakpur where tensions have intensified in recent days.