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Nepal needs India's goodwill for peace

As solution to the Maoist menace would also be in India's interest, it could help in different ways, Nepal says.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 19:08 IST

Nepal has said it needs India's goodwill to make the ongoing peace process a success as the interim government prepares for the second round of talks with the Maoists to solve the decade-long insurgency plaguing the Himalayan Kingdom.

"We need government of India's goodwill to make the peace process successful and assistance from India for the reconstruction works," Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Pradip Gyawali said.

"Since the peaceful solution of the Maoists' problem will also be in the interest of India, it can help in the process in different ways," Gyawali, who is also a member of the government's talk team with the Maoists, said.

The Minister also said that the government and the rebels have agreed to ask the United Nations to monitor the ceasefire.

"Though we have not yet made a formal request to the United Nations, both parties to the conflict are positive about asking the UN to monitor the peace process," he said.

So far, we have held informal discussions regarding the matter, he added.

The government and the Maoists have during their first round of talks on Friday announced a 25-point Code of Conduct to facilitate the peace process.

First Published: May 29, 2006 16:15 IST