Nepal Will No Longer Be a Lab for Experiments: PM KP Sharma Oli
Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli. (Photo: IANS)
Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli. (Photo: IANS)

Nepal Will No Longer Be a Lab for Experiments: PM KP Sharma Oli

Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli on Tuesday said his country will no longer be a laboratory for other countries to conduct experiments in.

He said social scientists have experimented in the Himalayan country in the name of language, culture, ethnicity, geography, region and identity in the past.

In his address broadcast across the country on the eve of the Nepali New Year, Oli said:

But we will not let the country (to be used) as a laboratory.

He said Nepal wanted friendly relations with all countries.

Oli called on the agitating Madhes-based political parties to seek a solution to their grievances through parleys, to end the political impasse, saying that dialogue could resolve all issues.

What is the (cause of) displeasure in Madhes, I have not reached any conclusion. What is the end result of the killing of 59 people, merciless vandalism and attack on public and private properties and the squeeze on the nation for months. The implementation of the new constitution is a key task of my government, apart from reconstruction work.
Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Prime Minister, Nepal

Oli said the government panel led by Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa should expedite the process of holding parleys with the agitating Madhesi parties and find a solution to their grievances at the earliest.

He said the government cannot afford to dilly-dally on finding the solution to the Madhes crisis.

The prime minister said the nearly five-month-long border blockade pushed back Nepal, which was already struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake and its aftershock in 2015. He said he welcomed the end of the blockade.

Oli announced Nepal’s commitment to human rights and criticised those critical of the country’s government in the international arena on democracy, human rights and social justice issues. “This is unacceptable,” he said.

How can I discriminate in the name of caste, creed, ethnicity and other social evils. I have spent 14 years in jail for the sake of democracy and social justice. Democracy cannot be a horse without reins, as there are different dimensions to democracy; anarchy can’t be accepted.  
Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Prime Minister, Nepal

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