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Nepal democracy vital for peace, stability: Yechuri

India and Nepal should not be viewed as big and small brothers but as twins as they are equally sovereign.

world Updated: Jan 06, 2006 18:58 IST

Strongly backing the seven-party agitation against King Gyanendra's direct rule, visiting Indian politicians to Nepal have said that restoration of democracy in the Himalayan kingdom was vital for peace and stability in South Asia.

Representatives of six Indian political parties, including CPI, CPM, NCP and BJP, expressed serious concern over the end of unilateral ceasefire by the Maoists and said that they sympathised with and strongly supported the peaceful movement launched by the seven-party opposition alliance in Nepal to restore multiparty democracy and civil rights.

Veteran Communist leader and CPI(M) member Sitaram Yechuri said that restoration of peace, democracy and normalcy in Nepal were also at the interest of India as it was vital for peace and stability in South Asia.

He said that Indian people and all political parties with diverse ideologies were united in backing democratic movement of Nepal but it is up to the Nepalese people to decide whether they want the republican system of multiparty democracy or not.

Yechuri said that India should not be viewed as a big brother and Nepal as small brother, but they should be seen as twin brothers, as both of them are equally sovereign countries.

He called on both Maoists in Nepal and extremist groups in India to abandon violence and join the democratic process.

He also saidthat the problem of insurgency, both in Nepal and India, cannot be solved only through military ways, it should be dealt politically. Issues raised by Maoists must be addressed properly and dialogue is the only way that leads to solution, he said.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 18:58 IST