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Ex-US President Carter meets Nepalese PM

During his talks with Koirala, Carter expresses worries over repeated postponement of the CA polls and prevailing political uncertainty in the country.

world Updated: Nov 22, 2007 18:56 IST

Former US President Jimmy Carter on Thursday met Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and discussed the current political crisis in the country where Constituent Assembly polls were postponed indefinitely following a stand-off between the government and the Maoists.

During his talks with Koirala, Carter, who arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday on a four-day visit, expressed concern over repeated postponement of the CA polls and prevailing political uncertainty in the country.

The Constituent Assembly polls, which were earlier scheduled for mid-June and then for November 22, were postponed indefinitely following a rift between the multi-party government and Maoists.

"The Former President has expressed concern over the postponement of the polls during his meeting with the Prime Minister Koirala," Koirala's foreign adviser Aditya Baral told reporters after the meeting.

Koirala during the meeting told Carter that he was committed to holding the elections by mid-April next year.

"We talked about the overall peace process. Many of the agreements made in the past have not been implemented, and then hopefully to re-schedule the election whenever the parliament members say," Carter told reporters.

"There was a general assumption that many of the Parliament members would like to hold the election before April 15 (next year)," he said.