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US delays shipment of M-16 rifles to Nepal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, June 29, IRNA
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The US has delayed a shipment of M-16 rifles to Nepal in an effort to encourage its government to restore democracy and civil rights even as it said it has been engaged in a frequent dialogue with India on the situation in the kingdom, including the Maoist insurgency.

"As for lethal equipment, the US has delayed a shipment of M-16 rifles while we encourage restoration of civil liberties and multi- party democracy" in the kingdom, visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Donald A Camp, told reporter in Kathmandu Tuesday.

Camp, who also met King Gyanendra at the Narayanhity Royal palace and discussed bilateral ties before winding up his three-day visit to Nepal, however, said the US continued training for the Royal Nepalese Army in the fields of legal and human rights aspects.

"A professional and well-trained army is a key part of ending the insurgency."
He said the future military supplies to the kingdom would be considered in line with steps to restore democracy.

He said the US had been engaged in a frequent dialogue with India on situation in Nepal, including the Maoists insurgency.

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