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Nepal parties deny having alliance with Maoists

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Nov 5, IRNA
Rejecting allegations of links with Maoists, Nepal's seven-party alliance agitating against King Gyanendra's direct rule has said it was instead trying to bring the rebels into the democratic fold.

"We don't have any plans to forge an alliance with Maoist rebels," Nepali Congress Party central committee member and former foreign minister Ramsharan Mahat said.

"The purpose of all our efforts is to motivate them to come to multi-party democracy," Mahat said.

The minister was responding to the US government's statement issued yesterday warning pro-democracy political parties against any possible alliance with the Maoists waging insurgency for the past ten years that has so far claimed over 12,500 lives.

The US Embassy in Kathmandu has warned the political parties against forging any alliance with the guerrillas until they firmly renounce violence, put down their weapons and commit to supporting the democratic process.

This shows the government's concern over the Maoist insurgency, which is natural and they have considered it as a big problem, he said.

What the seven political parties are doing is trying to hold dialogue with them to bring an end to the present crisis, he clarified.

The seven-party alliance has authorized Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Nepal Communist Party-UML General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal to initiate dialogue with the Maoists, he said.

Mahat further said that if Nepal King Gyanendra participates in the forthcoming SAARC Summit being held in Dhaka, it will be clear to the international community that there is authoritarian regime in Nepal.

Even Bhutan King Jigme Singhe Wangchuk has decided to send his Prime Minister to lead the delegation to the summit and he is not taking part in the Dhaka Summit, Mahat said.


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