Prime Minister Koirala wishes for lasting peace in Nepal
Koirala also stressed that unless the Maoist problem is solved, the political change in the Himalayan kingdom would remain incomplete.india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 18:10 IST
Asserting that the political change in Nepal will remain incomplete unless the Maoist problem is solved, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has said that he wished for restoration of lasting peace and establishment of complete democracy in the Himalayan nation.
"My wishes will be fulfilled in restoration of lasting peace and establishment of complete democracy in the country," Koirala said during his first interaction with children aged between 10 and 16 from across Nepal at his residence at Baluwatar on Saturday.
"I want to leave behind a country where youth and student unions would not have to go to the streets carrying flags and shouting slogans demanding democracy again," the 85-year-old Prime Minister said.
"It would be the happiest moment in my life if a peaceful situation is created and people don't have to take to the streets for their rights," Koirala said.
He said the government is committed to restoring peace, holding election to the constituent assembly and returning stability to the country.
The Prime Minister said he is eager to bring the Maoists to the political mainstream and resolve the crisis facing the country when his health is sound.
Koirala also stressed that unless the Maoist problem is solved, the political change in the country would remain incomplete.
He said he wanted to set an example in the world by bringing the Maoists to the mainstream through the means of dialogue.
In democracy, a place should be given to even "undemocratic forces," the Prime Minister said.
First Published: Sep 10, 2006 18:10 IST