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Arms embargo on Nepal should continue: Indian delegation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept. 30, IRNA
India should continue arms embargo on Nepal to pressurize King Gyanandra to restore multiparty democracy in the Himalayan Kingdom, according to visiting Indian political leaders.

All the political parties represented in the visiting Indian delegation were of the view that arms supply to Nepal should not continue, CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechuri said at a press conference in Kathmandu today.

"We have already told the government of India about that," he said at the conclusion of the five-party delegation's three-day visit to Nepal.

He also denied allegations by the Nepalese authorities that they are interfering in the internal affairs of the kingdom.

"We are here not to interfere in internal affairs of Nepal, but to extend solidarity and moral support to the Nepalese people's movement for restoration of democracy".

If extending moral support to democracy is interference in internal affairs, then why VHP and Shiva Sena Chiefs' remarks supporting the February one Royal takeover were not an interference? he asked.

Yechuri said the Indian government has recognized multiparty democracy and constitutional monarchy as two pillars of Nepal's democracy and any deviation from that will not be in the interest of Nepal.

Congress MP Chandrasekhar Sahu said, "We are here as a fact-finding mission and we came to understand what actually is going on in Nepal. I will appraise of the situation to my party President Sonia Gandhi after returning home."
Since late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's time till today, the Indian National Congress is always for democracy in Nepal, he said.

Upon its arrival at the airport three days ago, the Indian delegation was greeted by stone-pelting and black flag demonstration by a group of pro-monarchists.


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