From The Nepali Press
?It was me,? Girija
Deshantar, 2 April 2006
FROM ISSUE #293 (07 APRIL 2006 - 13 APRIL 2006) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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NC president Girija Prasad Koirala has challenged the government to take action against him for holding talks with the Maoists instead of harassing other political leaders. ?I was the one who held the talks, not only once?I held talks with the four Maoists leaders thrice?If they have the guts, they can blame Girija Prasad Koirala,? he said at a recent press conference. Pointing out the pressure that foreign powers applied to the parties after the 12-point understanding with the Maoists, Koirala said, ?It is the duty of one democratic force to try and bring an undemocratic force into the mainstream. I only did my duty,? adding, ?the Maoists have said they will accept internationally accepted democratic values and norms.? Calling on professionals and trade union officials to help make the 6-9 April protests successful, Koirala said, ?the protest will not stop under any circumstances until it reaches the goal. If the king attempts to suppress the protest, the king will not remain either.? The leader said he would take responsibility if the government tried to harass protesters. ?In the past I made mistakes as well. I have already realised this. One who accepts mistakes must be trusted not to repeat the mistakes. Democracy is a system that has to be learned. I too have learnt many lessons.?