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US gives a blunt message to King

The US has said King should return power to the parties and adopt a more ceremonial role in the political process.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 11:38 IST

In a blunt message to Nepal's King Gyanendra, the Bush administration has said he should return power to the parties and adopt a more ceremonial role in the political process.

"It is time for the King to return political power to the parties so they can appoint a Prime Minister and take over governance.

It is time for the King to adopt a more ceremonial role and let the political process go forward," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher told reporters at a Round Table at the State Department.

"We are in touch with other governments on Nepal, particularly the government of India and we are making all our efforts to try to ensure a peaceful restoration of democracy," he said on Thursday.

He said US is prepared to help political parties in many ways, including training and organization to make sure they can govern effectively.

Boucher also urged the Maoists "to adopt a real ceasefire, to end their violence and participate solely in the political process."

He said US views the role of Nepalese security forces very seriously as it has resulted in several deaths in during the Royal Government's crackdown on pro-democracy agitation.

"We are also very concerned in the last few days that the security forces have used what we have to call excessive force and this has resulted in quite a few deaths."

"But this has gone on long enough for all the parties. The King has to make the first move and the international community, I am sure, will also help Nepal to get back on a solid push and footing if he makes the right choice," he added.