Indian Foreign Ministerís Visit to Nepal in Jeopardy

- Nepal needs a national unity government including the Maoists -

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in its latest Briefing Paper “Nepal: Pax Indianus Crumbles”( released to the media today stated that unless India reverses its current policy of putting all its eggs on the Nepal Army and its cohorts, the escalating violence and the resulting anarchy in Nepal may even halt the planned visit of Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna from 15 January 2010. The Maoists are all set to extend their recently concluded three-day strike for an indefinite period demanding restoration of civilian supremacy over the Army.

ACHR stated that Maoist protests have made governing Nepal impossible and its cadres have continued to resort to violence and intimidation, thereby raising legitimate questions about their commitment to democracy.

ACHR also stated that the current government of Nepal has become a stooge at the hands of the Nepal Army which has been bolstered by Indian unilateral support including resumption of supply of arms.

“Nothing exposes more the fact that current government is a stooge of the Nepal Army than the promise of Nepal’s Defence Minister Bidhya Bhandari on 21 December 2009 to relatives of Major Niranjan Basnet that he would be protected from what she termed civilian ‘injustice’, with reference to the prosecution of the Major Basnet by the courts for the killing of 15 year old girl, Ms Maina Sunwar.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

India’s claim of non-interference in the affairs Nepal is hallow. India’s resumption of arm supply directly contradicts the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Unless India is able to break the current impasse, the events in Nepal will spillover to India.

ACHR recommended India to end its divisive role, support the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement) rather than the NA (Nepal Army). ACHR also recommended India to support the formation of a national unity government including the Maoists; and press for urgent and tangible progress on CPA implementation, including the formation of a high-level political mechanism for a wide ranging review of the implementation of the CPA so far.


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