Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dr Bhattarai talks politics, refugee issue with Canadian envoy


Senior Maoist leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai has asked the international community to play constructive role for successful landing of the ongoing peace process.

During his hour-long meeting with Canadian ambassador to Nepal David Malone on Friday, Dr Bhattarai informed the Canadian diplomat that the political situation in Nepal has reached a critical point.

In response, the Canadian envoy assured the Maoist leader of his country's support for the success of the peace process.

The two are also learnt to have discussed the resettlement of the Bhutanese refugees. Dr Bhattarai said though his party does not oppose the third country resettlement of the refugee, the process should not begin unless the refugees agree.

Meeting between the Maoist leader and Canadian envoy has been held amidst the threat of the Maoists to quit the government and resume street protests to establish republic before the polls.

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