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Carter concerned at Nepal unrest

world Updated: Jun 17, 2007 01:48 IST
Anirban Roy
Anirban Roy
Hindustan Times
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Former US president Jimmy Carter on Saturday expressed concern over insecurity and growing violence in Nepal.

Before concluding his 4-day visit, Carter said the current law and order situation was unacceptable. "A safe environment is a core requirement for progress in the transition period," he said.

Expressing concern over the unruly behaviour of the Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League, Carter said Prachanda has personally assured him to persuade his cadres to ensure peace.

Carter found that the police force in Nepal has not been effective, as it did not have the adequate political support and confidence of the people. "The police actions should be immediately improved," he said.

On the issue of Maoists still featuring in the US’s list of terrorist organisations, Carter said: "I do not have the authority to speak on the issue." He said he would forward his report on Nepal visit to the Department of State and the White House.