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Nepal PM vows to stay despite mounting pressure

Amid the deepening political crisis, top diplomats from the EU and the US today stepped up pressure on the government to show flexibility as the end of the Maoists-led strike has paved the way for ending the deadlock.

world Updated: May 10, 2010 23:05 IST

Nepal's embattled Prime Minister today refused to quit amid mounting pressure on the government to show flexibility as the withdrawal of the Maoists-led strike has paved the way to rescue the stalled peace process.

Madhav Kumar Nepal would stay in power until the Maoists fulfilled conditions laid out in peace negotiations, including an agreement on integration of the Maoist combatants, said Raghuji Panta, a top adviser of the prime minister.

In an interview to Nepal FM, he said Prime Minister is not going to step down until there is an agreement on integration of Maoist combatants. He has no compulsion to resign just because the Unified CPN (Maoist) halted its protests, Panta was quotred as saying by the nepalnews online today.

He insisted that there was no point in the government becoming flexible because of the Maoists' decision to stop their protests.

Amid the deepening political crisis, top diplomats from the EU and the US today stepped up pressure on the government to show flexibility as the end of the Maoists-led strike has paved the way for ending the deadlock.

The diplomats, who met Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala today, expressed dissatisfaction over the failure of the 22-party government to take bolder initiative to resolve the political crisis.

Envoys of the European Union, US and Australia urged the government to urgently take steps for political consensus.

They mounted pressure on the UML-led government to show flexibility, saying the withdrawal of strike by the Maoists has paved the way for ending the political deadlock, the Kantipur online reported today.

The ambassadors underlined the need for the government to create environment for the formation of a national consensus government, the report said.

The ambassadors of EU countries, including Denmark and Norway, clearly suggested that a new national government should be formed by dissolving the current government, the report quoted sources as saying.

Koirala, the daughter of the veteran Nepali Congress leader G P Koirala who passed away in March, asked the Maoists to implement past agreements to create an atmosphere of trust.

She told the envoys that the government and her party won’t have any problem in working together with the Maoists if the latter dismantles its paramilitary organisations Young Communist League (YCL) and take concrete steps on the integration of the Maoists guerrillas.