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Nepal's prime minister calls for peace, unity, goodwill

Nepal's prime minister calls for peace, unity, goodwill

Nepal's prime minister on Wednesday linked peace to prosperity in this Himalayan nation, where former rebel Maoists laid down their arms and last month joined the coalition government.
"We should all set aside the small differences and misunderstandings that we have, if any, and fulfill the responsibility of building a new and prosperous Nepal through mutual unity and goodwill," Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said.
"On this sacred day today I make the same appeal to all," Koirala said in a message to the nation to mark the birth anniversary of Buddha, which is being celebrated with a public holiday and visit to Buddhist shrines in Nepal.
Since the peace process began last year, Maoist rebels gave up their armed revolt, joined Parliament and locked up their fighters and weapons in U.N.-monitored camps.
However, some former rebels on Tuesday attacked a police post in the country's west, robbing it of its weapons and abducting the policemen in the first such attack since the Maoists became the eighth party in Nepal's coalition government.
Elsewhere, several ethnic minority rights groups in southern Nepal have organized strikes and demonstrations since January this year, demanding more rights.
These groups want greater autonomy and representation in the national legislature and administration for people from the south, saying the region has been sidelined in favor of more populated, mountainous areas in the north.
More than 60 people have been killed in the violence.


Updated : 2021-04-12 12:38 GMT+08:00