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India reacts with caution
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 30
India today cautiously welcomed the royal decree lifting the three-month-old emergency in Nepal and indicated that King Gyanendra still had to do a lot.

On the question whether the lifting of emergency was enough for India to restore its military supplies to Nepal, the government here has still not come out with any unambiguous assurances. The Government of India is still in the wait-and-watch mode.

South Block mandarins are still keeping their fingers crossed as the political situation in Nepal continues to be fluid and the possibility of some unforeseen flashpoint leading to emergency in the kingdom yet again cannot be ruled out.

To assess the situation in Nepal, the Ministry of External Affairs has called its Ambassador in Nepal Shiv Shanker Mukherjee on May 3 for consultations

Incidentally, Britain has also called its Ambassador in Nepal back home for consultations, a move which the MEA insists is not in synchronisation with the Indian move. The British special envoy to Nepal, Mr Jeffrey James, is also tipped to meet senior MEA officials next week in a move which is largely being seen here as an attempt by India and Britain to calibrate a strategy vis-a-vis Nepal.



Commission of inquiry sought on Nepal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 30
The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today called for the establishment of a commission of inquiry to investigate excesses committed during the just lifted emergency in Nepal and said the Himalayan kingdom witnessed over 100 per cent increase in killings during the 89 days of emergency from February 1 to April 30.

It has also called for a repeal of all ordinances imposed during the emergency.


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