Krishna to travel to Nepal next month

Krishna is expected to meet Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and hold talks with Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala, ministry sources said here today.

The two sides will review bilateral ties and discuss the status of Nepal's peace process which is in trouble because of widening rift between the mainstream political parties and Maoists.

In view of the differences, one of the main objectives of the peace deal of 2006 -- rewriting of the Constitution by March 2010 -- is all set to miss its target.
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which enjoyed a short stint of power under the peace deal, is back to streets holding protests and enforcing shutdowns. They have even declared several areas as "autonomous zones".

Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda quit Prime Ministership earlier this year after President Ram Baran Yadav reinstated the then Army Chief R Katwal, whom Prachanda had sacked.

India has been watching with concern these developments and is pushing all sides to resolve their differences through dialogue and consensus.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met his Nepalese counterpart Madhav Kumar Nepal in Copenhagen on the sidelines of the Climate Summit last week and extended support to the CPN-UML-led government.

Singh advocated the need for consensus between the government and the Maoists, who have been agitating against the government by demanding restoration of 'civilian supremacy', according to Nepal's national news agency RSS.

The Indian Prime Minister hoped that Premier Nepal would succeed in resolving the current political stalemate and take the peace process to its logical conclusion.
Singh also expressed hope that the Nepal government would draft a new Constitution as per the people's sentiments within the stipulated time frame of May 2010.

The Nepalese Prime Minister was quoted as saying that Singh expressed India's commitment to provide any kind of help for Nepal's development and stability as per the Nepalese people's desire.

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