KATHMANDU, March 22: The heads of the mission of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland, on Monday expressed their deep sorrow on the demise of Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala. Koirala was the first and foremost democrat, who made a major contribution to the establishment and deepening of democracy in Nepal. The press statement further said, “Koirala was the main architect of the peace process which ended the decade-long insurgency in the country. With his political experience and wisdom, he succeeded in bringing all parties to talks and ultimately realised the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.” Likewise, a press release of Embassy of Bangladesh in Nepal stated that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed condolence over the death of Koirala. She was deeply shocked and grieved at the demise of Koirala. Hasina said that he was a great leader and a champion of democracy.