Nepal must address concerns: Delhi
With stalemate in Nepal after the adoption of a new Constitution continuing, India today reiterated that the issues facing the Himalayan country are essentially political in nature and the leadership there should address it accordingly.
“We would reiterate that issues facing Nepal are political in nature. Nepalese leadership needs to address the causes underlying the present state of confrontation credibly and effectively. Issues of differences should be resolved and institutionalised with broad-based ownership and acceptance. We do hope the situation will ease at the earliest,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said. Responding to a question on the situation in Nepal amid reports that various entry-exit points on the India-Nepal border, the spokesperson said the reported obstructions are due to unrest, protests and demonstrations on the Nepalese side by sections of their population.
“As was already said on 21 September 2015, our freight forwarders and transporters had voiced complaints about the difficulties they are facing in movement within Nepal and their security fears, due to the prevailing unrest,” the spokesperson said.
Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood told The Tribune: “The lack of movement of essential supplies on the border is causing hardship to people of Nepal. Therefore, it is necessary that Nepalese leaders take steps to address concerns that has led to this situation”.
A PTI report from Kathmandu said hundreds of protesters opposing Nepal’s new Constitution today blocked a key trade checkpoint with India, cutting off vital supplies to the country.