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US tells stake holders in Nepal to have patience

world Updated: May 08, 2010 15:14 IST

Observing that India, China and the US have convergence of views on Nepal, a top American official on Saturday asked all stake holders not to upset the balance in the Himalayan nation.

"Nepal is facing difficult issues," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said, advising all concerned to have patience.

Blake, who was recently in Nepal and met leaders of all the political parties including the Maoists, said:"I think there is a broad convergence of views (on Nepal). China like the United States and India wants to see stability and prosperity in that important country (Nepal) for us."

"We have expressed our concerns about the strikes that are going on there and the need to ensure that all parties in Nepal work together and in a peaceful manner to reach agreement on the very important issues are for them so that the peace process can be concluded and stability can be enhanced," Blake told PTI.

The Assistant Secretary of State said he would give some credit to the Maoist that even though the strike has been going on for some time now, they have largely kept to their word to keep the strike peaceful, to avoid violence.

"I think, they made significant effort to do so. At the same time the best way to achieve solution to this is not by that short of pressure. That is why, I issued a statement yesterday to urge that the Maoist to stop the strike and engage in a more peaceful way with the other parties," Blake said.

"I am pleased to hear that there are initial signs today that they may in fact be planning to do that and that would be a very encouraging development," he said in response to a question.

"It is important for all of us to have patience. These are difficult issues that the Nepalese are grappling with now," he added.

"The most important thing that we need to remember is that all of the parties agreed to stop fighting in 2006 and all of the parties agreed to work together to achieve comprehensive peace. They set a deadline of May 28 this year. We continue to support that deadline. But in the long run it is up to the parties themselves to reach an agreement on this," he said.

"I have been encouraged that the parties do seems to be working together in recent days to try to reach an agreement and all of the important issues do appear to be on the table such as integration of the former Maoist Army into the Nepalese Army, the restitution of property, the need to reign in the violent activities of the Young Communist League, things like that," he said.

Referring to his recent visit to Nepal, Blake said: "While, I was in Nepal, I expressed the interest of the United States in helping to support any agreement that can be reached and we remain very much committed to provide that support should the parties reach agreement."