Results expected from Delhi talks, say parties

Kathmandu, November 18:

Politicians today hinted at the probability of results emerging out of the peace talks reportedly being held in New Delhi, saying they are welcome if that sets the country free from the current crisis.

Khemraj Pandit, the assistant general-secretary of Rastriya Prajatantra Party, said one should not be shocked if something new is announced that could lead the country towards peace in the coming 10 or 15 days. He was addressing an interaction at the Reporters’ Club on the multi-lateral political talks reportedly being held in Delhi.

“For peace talks, anybody can go anywhere. It will be welcome if some steps are taken to restore peace through dialogue; Nepali citizens, dying for peace, would welcome any talks that bring peace,” he further said.

Pandit also said there is no possibility of unity between the Maoists and the seven political parties at present, but added that a sign of democratisation is being seen in the Maoists, which is appreciable.

Yubraj Gyawali of CPN-UML said that official or unofficial visits of politicians should not be taken for conspiracy, rather one should expect better results. “A politician can fly to Tunisia or India. There is no wrong in it. But we must be confident that we can make our decisions,” he said, adding that the world cannot remain unaffected by Nepal’s political changes.

Dr Narayan Khadka of NC-D said that since multi-party democracy and peace are not internal affairs of Nepal, “we cannot reject involvement of foreign factors.” “Restoration of Nepal’s democracy can come from any place in the world. We should not object to India mediating for the talks, if that happened,” he said. If peace talks of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Rwanda, Tunisia and Ireland can take place on foreign soil, it can also be same in Nepal’s case, he said.

Pari Thapa of the People’s Front Nepal said the much-hyped Delhi “meeting” could be unofficial and such meetings are important to restore peace and democracy in Nepal.