India seeks ‘democratic’ Nepal (BBC, 11/13/05)

India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Nepal’s King Gyanendra to take concrete steps towards restoring multi-party democracy in his country.

The two South Asian leaders held talks at the two-day summit of South Asian leaders in Dhaka.

The king took control of the Himalayan kingdom in February, saying the government had not done enough to quell a Maoist insurgency.

He has announced that parliamentary elections will be held by April 2007. […]

“The prime minister underlined to his majesty the importance of restoring multiparty democracy in Nepal as early as possible and the need to take concrete steps in this regard,” Indian foreign ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters after the meeting.

“He also said this would not be possible without the involvement of political parties,” Mr Sarna said.

The BBC’s Jyotsna Singh in Dhaka says the king said he was prepared to take steps towards restoring democracy.

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