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Saturday, January 13, 1996



3. Communist leader accuses government of supporting Tibet activists


KATHMANDU, Jan 4 (AFP) -- Nepal's communist opposition leader on Thursday
accused the government of endangering the country's ties with China by
"actively participating" in the Tibetan independence movement.

"The anti-Chinese movement is gradually gaining ground in Nepal," said
Nepal Communist Party-United Marxist and Leninist (NCP-UML) secretary general
Madhav Kumar Nepal, adding militant Tibetans were active within the country.

"The present tri-partite government has not taken any steps to stop such
activities on Nepalese soil against its neighbour," Nepal told a meeting
organised by the Editor's Guild in Kathmandu.

Owing to its geographic position, locked between giants China and India,
Nepal has traditionally pursued strict non-aligned policies.

"But the ministers in the present coalition government are actively
participating in the Free Tibet Movement programmes," Nepal said.

"We are geographically placed in a very sensitive position. Therefore we
should not allow our territory to be misused against our friendly countries,"
he added.

There are about 25,000 Tibetan refugees in Nepal, most of whom run
carpet-weaving businesses and operate economy hotels and restaurants.

Most of them fled following a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in
Tibet, although the majority of refugees went to India with their spiritual
leader, the Dalai Lama, who now runs a government-in-exile.

The commuist leader said the government had been tolerating activists who
had been conspiring against Nepal's "friendly neighbours."

The tri-partite coalition government was formed on September 12 after
three parties jointly overthrew a ten-month old NCP-UML government after a
vote of no-confidence.

The coalition partners are the Nepali Congress (NC) led by Prime Minister
Sher Bahadur Deuba, the rightist Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) and the
pro-India Nepal Sadbhavana Party (NSP).


Articles in this Issue:
  1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama Receives the International House of Blues Foundation Award
  2. Forum on Education in Tibet
  3. Communist leader accuses government of supporting Tibet activists
  4. Bhutan-Refugees
  5. President Jiang Zemin meets 11th Panchen Lama
  6. Lost tribe found in Tibet
  7. Tibet anticipates record results for 1995
  8. Atomic bomb development site in Tibet becomes prefectural capital
  9. Renovation on Qinghai- Tibet Highway nears completion



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