Indian MPs meet Koirala

Kathmandu, May 30:

A six-member Indian delegation led by Nirmala Despande, a nominated member of Rajya Sabha of India, today met Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and discussed about the United Nations’ possible role in the Nepali peace process.

After the meeting, the team leader Despande, however, said she could not comment on Nepal’s internal affairs because the team was not here on behalf of the Indian government.

“We expressed the Indian people’s commitment to help Nepal in restrengthening democracy and peace with Prime Minister Koirala,” Despande said. She said that the team would not comment on the Maoists’ issue or a possible UN role in the peace process because they were Nepal’s internal affairs.

Another senior official at the Indian External Affairs Ministry, Pankaj Saran, who was in Kathmandu for three days, also met Prime Minister Koirala, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula and the Minister of Finance, Ram Saran Mahat.

Spokesperson of the Indian embassy, Gopal Bagley, confirmed Saran’s meetings stating that they were focused on the “present situation and the future shape” of Nepal. Saran returned to Delhi today.

A source close to the Prime Minister said India has rejected the idea of inviting UN for witnessing the dialogue between the government and Maoists.