Nepal Today

Monday, November 30, 2009

Emergency army chief meet with OM, president and defence minister; assurance army won’t support unconstitutional moves

Kathmandu, 30 Nov: Army Chief Gen Chatraman Singh Gurung Saturday held separate emergency meetings with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari, Jana Bhawana reports.
After a video tape of the meeting between Prachanda and Girija Prasad Koirala laws made public, army has taken the matter seriously and held consultations.
During the meetings, the army chief told them the army won’t support any unconstitutional moves saying reliable information
have come out of the Singapore meet.
The chief assured it will fulfill its constitutional responsibility by carrying out orders of the constitutional government.
The move of the chief is being appreciated and is also being interpreted as a a serious warning to Prachanda and Girija.


“During the talks, [in Singapore] Girijababu said government can be changed if needed. On that basis, Chairman Prachanda, on return, said government can fall. But Girijababu’s opinion doesn’t prevail inside Congress. Congress leaders of Kathmandu didn’t give him leverage.”

(Maoist Secretary CP Gajurel, Annapurna Post, 30 Nov.)

“The country will get an outlet only after the president, who is the protector of the constitution, resigns.”

(Maoist leader Netra Bikram Chand, Janadisha. 30 Nov.)

“Those leaders at first told me not to take the oath in Nepali language and later put me in moral crisis. The leaders who used to call me frequently have left doing the same since 30 August.)

(Former Vice-President Parmananda Jha, The Himalayan Times, 30 Nov.)

‘There are flaws in those treaties [water treaties with India], but we could have done what we wanted to do in the upper catchments. Mahakali denies us that right. After 50 years of Gandaki, you bring a new set of democratic leaders who have learnt nothing.”

“Water resources expert Dipak Gyawali, The Kathmandu Post, 30 Nov.)


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