Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, presently on a visit to New Delhi, hopes to make sure that India doesn't become a safe haven for Maoist leaders responsible for fomenting violence in the Himalayan kingdom. Bloody clashes between the Maoists and security forces in the last six years have already claimed over 3,000 lives and destroyed property running into crores. Excerpts from an interview by Yubaraj Ghimire:
What is your agenda in the ongoing talks with India?
India is a very close friend and neighbour. All pending issues are being taken up at the appropriate levels—revision of the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship, border disputes, including Kalapani, the threat of inundation of parts of Nepal due to construction of dams on the Indian side along the Nepal-UP border. I am sure India knows that inundation of parts of Nepal due to unilateral construction is not going to be beneficial for it in any way. It will only harm India's image. I am sure the Indian government will understand and appreciate our concerns on this issue.