Int’l community for peace in Nepal: UK envoy

Kathmandu, May 22:

British ambassador Keith Bloomfield today said international community wants to see peace established in Nepal.

“Now the international community wants to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous Nepal,” Bloomfield said, stressing the need to work to protect human rights in the changed political scenario in the country.

“The international community is ready to help Nepal for that purpose,” he said.

Noting that the international community had expressed concern and was worried over the political and rights situation in the country in the last 15 months, he called on all to work in this sector.

Bloomfield was addressing a programme organised by the New Media Club.

Terming the declaration of the House of Representatives as the Nepali Magna Carta, Bloomfield said the constitutional crisis will be resolved once the country goes for an election to constituent assembly.

UML leader Rajhuji Pant called on the government to strictly implement the House declaration if it respected people’s aspirations.

“The prime minister should be ready to form a new security council as per the declaration to mobilise the army and suspend the Chief of the Army Staff Pyar Jung Thapa,” he said.

“Why is action not taken against Thapa who led the security agencies during the King’s direct rule, when a number of leaders, including the elected Prime Minister Sher Bahdaur Deuba, was detained,” he added.

He said that since the chiefs of the other security agencies have already been suspended, it is necessary to suspend the army chief also.

Chief of the foreign affairs department of the Nepali Congress, Sujata Koirala, said it is not good for the politicians to fight for posts in a crucial situation like this.

She also called on the Maoists to stop extortion and abduction and create an environment conducive for proposed peace talks. “If the Maoists are accountable to the people they have to abide by the 12-point agreement,” Koirala added.

Meanwhile, the British Embassy today congratulated its staffer, Serena Brocklebank, the vice-Consul at the Embassy, on scaling the world’s highest peak last Thursday.

Serena said it was very satisfying to finish off some “old family business” and complete the “Everest ambitions” of her grandfather Tom Brocklebank back in 1933.