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Nepal opposition parties criticized India's decision on arms supply

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, May 12, IRNA
Opposition parties in Nepal have criticized India's decision to resume military aid to Nepal as 'ill-timed' and said it raised questions about New Delhi's commitment to democracy.

"The timing of the announcement is most unfortunate," Mr Khanal of the Communist Party of the Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (UML), the largest Communist party in Nepal, said.

India's decision to resume military aid to Nepal's Army was announced barely two days after seven major opposition parties of Nepal, which between themselves held 90 percent of the seats in Parliament, formed an alliance to start a unified, peaceful mass protest against King Gyanandra's power takeover.

"We learnt about the decision from media reports and have no authentic information about the extent and intent of the supplies. If they are used to empower a regime trying to repress the movement for democracy, the Nepalese people and our party would definitely object.

"India's announcement is therefore ill timed and a blow to the pro-democracy movement," Khanal said.

"At a time when the international community is expressing concern about lack of democracy in Nepal, the resumption of military aid would affect Indo-Nepalese ties," he added.

India on Tuesday announced it was resuming arms supplies to Nepal suspended since the royal coup by King Gyanandra to combat the Maoist insurgency.

::IRNA No.011 12/05/2005 10:15 --End

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