- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 17, 2006

Angry in Nepal

Several lawmakers in Nepal yesterday accused U.S. Ambassador James Moriarty of interfering in the country’s domestic affairs, and one legislator called for his expulsion from the Himalayan nation.

“He is acting more like a political leader than a diplomat,” Lilamani Pokhrel said during a session of Nepal’s House of Representatives. The legislator from the People’s Front Nepal party also denounced Mr. Moriarty’s visit last week to army barracks in western Nepal.

Narayan Man Bijukchhe, president of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Party, complained that Mr. Moriarty’s comments about the government’s relations with Maoist rebels “clearly undermined” the country’s sovereignty.

Madhav Kumar Nepal, leader of a Marxist political alliance, said, “It would be better if diplomats abide by diplomatic rules.”

Mr. Moriarty on Saturday told reporters in the capital, Katmandu, that he had visited western Nepal to “make an assessment of the political situation in rural Nepal and get firsthand information about the activities of Maoist guerrillas.”

He said the rebels still employ extortion, intimidation and abductions to control parts of the country, according to a report from the Kyodo News.

Earlier this year, the ambassador persuaded the government to reject rebel demands for power-sharing unless they first lay down their arms. He said the United States would cut off $45 million in annual aid if the government gave in to the rebel demands.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson of Iceland, who participates in the Washington Summit on Climate Stabilization. Sir Crispin Tickell of Britain’s Climate Institute and chancellor of the University of Kent, and A. Barrie Pittock of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s Marine and Atmospheric Research, address the conference tomorrow.

• Madan M. Dulloo, minister of foreign affairs, international trade and cooperation of Mauritius. He attends a signing ceremony on a U.S.-Mauritius trade agreement. He is accompanied by Anund Priyay Neewoor, secretary for foreign affairs.

• S.K. Tikoo, Hindu leader of a Muslim political party comprising former Kashmiri militants. He addresses the Indo-American Kashmir Forum on “The Rise of Counter-Insurgency in Kashmir and the Myth of the Separatist Kashmiri Muslim.”

Tomorrow

• Faviola Letelier, sister of Orlando Letelier, a former foreign minister of Chile who was assassinated in Washington in 1976. She addresses the Institute for Policy Studies on the 30th anniversary of her brother’s death.

• Ambassador James Bissett, former director of the Canadian Immigration Service. He participates in a conference on “Defending the Homeland: America’s Immigration Crisis” at noon in room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Wednesday

• Foreign Minister Kinga Goncz of Hungary, who attends a Hungarian Embassy reception for the book “Failed Illusions: Moscow, Washington, Budapest and the 1956 Hungarian Revolt” by Charles Gati, a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Thursday

• Sehba Musharraf, first lady of Pakistan, who joinsfirst lady Laura Bush to dedicate a Web site devoted to Pakistani culture.

• President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, who receives the Freedom Award from the International Republican Institute.

Friday

• President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, who meets President Bush.

• Prime Minister Miyeegombo Enkhbold of Mongolia, who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Nyamaa Enkhbold.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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