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Maoists will serve as bridge between India, China: Bhattarai

world Updated: Oct 18, 2009 20:36 IST
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A top Maoists leader on Sunday said his party will serve as a bridge between the two giant neigbours India and China, as Maoists chief Prachanda sought Beijing's cooperation to push forward the stalled peace process.

Baburam Bhattarai, the Vice-chairman of the Unified CPN-Maoist, said his party has treated both India and China as
good neighbours.

Maoists' don't want to stand as wall between India and China, instead they will serve as a bridge between them, he
told reporters at a function in the capital.

Amid media reports that Prachanda and Chinese President Hu Jintao had held "secret" parleys, Bhattarai said
efforts were being made to spread negative propaganda about his leader's ongoing China visit.

The visit was aimed at establishing better ties between the two countries, he underlined.

As per media reports, Prachanda and Hu Jintao, who spent two hours together while watching the Chinese national
games, mainly discussed the political situation of South Asia, security matters and strengthening relations between the two parties.

According to Maoist mouthpiece Janadisha, Prachanda had sought China's "positive cooperation" in taking the
fragile peace process to a logical conclusion.

Bhattarai underlined that the Maoists would be flexible to end the current political deadlock. He said if President Ram Baran Yadav agrees to apologise for his mistake in reinstating former Army Chief Rukmangad Katawal and the government agrees to allow discussion on "civilian supremacy" in Parliament the deadlock can be ended.

He claimed that the people's desire for the formation of a Maoist-led government will be fulfilled soon.

The Maoists have been blocking the Parliament and organising protest rallies after the President Yadav reinstated Katawal in May.

The political standoff has put new stresses on Nepal's reconciliation efforts after the end of the decade-long
insurgency in 2006, amid fears that the stalled peace process may be derailed if the deadlock is is not ended soon.