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India ready to 're-visit' 1950 Peace treaty with Nepal

world Updated: Jan 17, 2010 21:59 IST
Ajay Kaul

Heeding to Nepal's demand, India on Sunday said it is willing to "re-visit" the 1950 Peace and Friendship Treaty that governs the bilateral ties but the initiative rests with Nepal as "clarity" is required.

Winding up his successful three-day visit here, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna also said India wanted an Extradition Treaty to be signed but would wait patiently till Nepalese side is ready for it.

"We are open to it," Krishna told reporters just before returning home.

Krishna, who met leaders from the across the political spectrum including Maoist leader Prachanda during his stay here, pressed for pushing forward the peace process in Nepal and early drafting of the new Constitution and said India would "assist" in these efforts.

Rejecting Prachanda's allegations about India's interference in Nepal's internal affairs, Krishna said he had conveyed to him yesterday the displeasure over his "virulent anti-India statements made in the recent days" and hoped he would "give up" such impressions.

Justifying the need for revising the 1950 treaty, he said 60 years have past since it was signed and world has changed with Cold War ending and new international order emerging.

"We are entirely willing to re-visit this treaty but the initiative has to come from Nepal. There has to be enough clarity (from Nepal)," Krishna said. "There has to be enough thought put into what they want India to do in this."