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Unfair to accuse India of interfering in Nepal: Former envoy

Former Indian ambassador to Nepal KV Rajan today termed it unfair to accuse India of interfering in internal matters of the Himalyan nation.

world Updated: Jun 09, 2010 17:42 IST
Utpal Parashar

Former Indian ambassador to Nepal KV Rajan on Wednesday termed it unfair to accuse India of interfering in internal matters of the Himalyan nation.

Rajan, an expert on Indo-Nepal relations, who is on a personal visit to Kathmandu, stated this during an informal interaction with media persons on Wednesday.

“Any charge that India is interfering in Nepal is unfair and if somebody is making that charge there should be some evidence for that. We have enough problems of our own,” he said.

Rajan’s visit at a time when political parties in Nepal are trying to forge a consensus on formation of the next government has been termed by Nepali media as important.

In recent months, leaders of Nepal’s main opposition party, UCPN (Maoist), have been blaming India of interfering in Nepal’s internal affairs and accusing it of trying to destabilize the peace process.

“India is interested in stability, peace, and prosperity in Nepal and would like to see that the experiment of bringing Maoists to mainstream peacefully does not fail. India is deeply committed to the success of that process,” he said.

Rajan stated that Indo-Nepal relations are a constant and the change in leadership in Kathmandu doesn’t affect it. He stated that India needs to reach out to the Maoists and be in touch with other political players as well.

“India should regard Nepal with a lot of sympathy support and understanding. India can’t take the high moral ground and comment on Nepal’s problems. We have no business to do that,” he added.

The retired diplomat hoped that leaders in Nepal would reach a consensus soon on addressing the “unique challenge” of forming the next government, consolidating the peace process and writing the constitution.

“It has to be a Nepali solution, owned and implemented by Nepal. International community and India can only support to the extent that support is needed,” he said while stressing that India is Nepal's best friend in the world.