Prachanda admits lapses in ambassdorial selection, pledges to rectify

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda did not quite say to what extent he will go to ensure quality , qualifications and character being the parameter for appointment of ambassadors, but he has admitted that the latest decision of the government nominating eight ambassadors was flawed and needed correction.

Speaking to the House of Representatives on the budget Tuesday, he said he would look into the recent appointment of ambassadors and rectify where needed. But he stopped short of telling where exactly the rectification was needed, and whether he will at all review the whole list of eight, or replace only two or three of them.

In fact, the current choice of ambassadors turned out to be much of embarrassment both for Prachanda and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist , K P Oli as later’s nominee for South Korea, Sushil Pyakurel declined the offer, citing lack of transparency in the process.

Besides Pyakurel, two others in the list for Saudi Arabia (Janata samajbadi dal) and the United Kingdom (Maoist ) have come in for criticism allegedly for their business and family interest in the countries they have been selected for.
Prime Minister Prachanda also made certain crucial announcements or claims that the 1950 treaty of peace and friendship with India will be reviewed and updated , and border dispute resolved. He said that he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have come around to similar conclusion on these issues during their meeting in Delhi in the second of June .

He said the 1950 treaty of Peace and Friendship will be reviewed and upgraded
along with other existing treaties as well. He said Nepal is firm that areas like Lipulek, Limpiadhura and Kalapani belonged to Nepal and dialogue was the best way to have the issue resolved. ‘Bilateral border mechanism will be engaged to resolve the issue.