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India won't let Nepal become a failed state: Manmohan Singh

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April 22, 2006 21:38 IST

Observing that India could 'not afford' to see Nepal becoming a 'failed state,' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday welcomed King Gyanendra's announcement on handing over power to political parties as a step in the 'right direction.'

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Dr Singh, en route to , said the king's announcement had initiated the process for formation of a government in which exercises all executive powers. "By and large, whatever steps the King has made, they are in the right direction," Singh told reporters accompanying him on his two-nation trip.

The prime minister said it was important that multi-party democracy should be restored in and 'there should be a government in place which exercises all the executive powers. The process has begun.'

He said will do whatever it can to strengthen .

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"We have to help to deal with the difficulties they have got into," the prime minister said.

Making it clear that was 'not dictating' anything to , Dr Singh said, "Our role is that of a conciliator to ensure that democratic process is restored... Our role is to ensure that all elements of Nepalese polity are talking to each other. Now I hope the King and political parties will talk about future consequential steps."

Dr Singh said had a position that the Constitutional monarchy and multi-party democracy were two pillars of Nepalese polity and there is no change in the stand.

Source: Rediff


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