Indian FM positive for high-level talks: Mahara

KATHMANDU: Foreign department chief of the UCPN-Maoist Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who had met visiting Indian External Affairs minister SM Krishna on Saturday along with chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', today said that Krishna was positive to arrange high-level talks with Indian establishment.

"The polarisation of the parties in the Constituent Assembly was against our party for which India is responsible. And the statement of Indian army chief Deepak Kapoor was against the peace process and was a direct interference against Nepal's internal affairs and therefore we told SM Krishna that we wanted to discuss these issues at the high-level," he said, while addressing a function organised by Jana Sanchar Abhiyan, here today.

He said the Maoist had become more suspicious over the intention of India following the President's move.

Mahara said the Indian side clarified that India does not have any policy to interfere in Nepal's internal matters and wants cordial relationship with all the parties. He, however, said the Indian team has expressed they felt uncomfortable with the Maoist activities but were positive for arranging high-level meeting.

Mahara further said Nepal cannot have relationship that meddles in the internal affairs but on the basis of equality.

"We want relations on the height of friendship," he said.

He claimed that the treaties signed earlier with India have restricted equal relationship with the other giant neighbour- China.

"Being a large neighbour India should become more generous instead," he said adding that all the matters could be resolved soon if India comes up in a generous way.

He said talks should begin as the issues of reviewing the unequal treaties were raised since late Man Mohan Adhikary was the PM. "We are not fully assured but at least we began to talk and see what transpires in practice," he said.

Things had worsened because political parties had no guts to put these issues with the Indian leaders, he claimed.