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India favours peaceful, stable Nepal: Former envoy

world Updated: Jun 09, 2010 21:20 IST

Amid a political deadlock in Nepal on the issue of the Prime Minister's resignation, former Indian envoy to the country, K V Rajan, has said that New Delhi wanted to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nepal.

India wanted Nepalese parties to resolve their issues through consensus, Rajan said at the 'Reporters Club Nepal' here.

However, he said it was up to the people and political parties here to decide how they wanted to arrive at consensus and who should lead the government.

His comments follow opposition Maoists allegations that Nepal's 22-party ruling alliance had betrayed them by backtracking on a promise that Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal would resign soon after a one-year extension was granted to the Constituent Assembly, whose term was to expire on May 28.

Rajan said India was always in favour of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nepal, while dismissing charges that New Delhi had interfered in this country's internal affairs. He also rejected the view that India's policy had failed in Nepal in the recent period.

As the international community was closely watching Nepal's peace process, the political parties here should seriously work towards concluding it by forging consensus, Rajan said.

He also asked the opposition Maoists to show commitment towards non-violence and democracy in order to prove their credibility at international level.

Nepal's peace process was unique and political parties here were capable of finding a democratic solution to the issue of integration of Maoist combatants with the army, Rajan said.

The peace process could not be concluded and Constitution could not be written without the cooperation of Maoists, he said.

Rajan said the Mahakali Treaty signed in mid-90s was a historic achievement for both Nepal and India. Nepal could learn a lesson from that treaty about how important it was to forge consensus for solving national issues.

India was also facing the problem of Naxalites, which was a challenge to it, he said and advised adoption of a holistic approach to solve such issues instead of trying to deal with them only through the use of military.