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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

Despite Volatile Situation, US Will Stay in Nepal

[b]Despite Volatile Situation, US Will Stay in Nepal[/b]

Despite reports that Maoists insurgence in the Kingdom of Nepal is gaining grounds partially disabling the rule of King Gyanendra, and the King’s continued refusal to return this Himalayan nation back to democracy, the United States Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal yesterday, in a communication to 'Asian Tribune' said that the chancery is not "expected to evacuate" as suggested by 17 February report of the Online newspaper.

State Department's Richard Boucher, who testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee who are considering his nomination to serve as assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs on 16 February noted, “We face a difficult situation in Nepal. We believe Nepal’s internal struggle can only be addressed by the King taking steps to reverse the course he embarked on over a year ago – last February 1st – and to return to democratic government.”

Public Affairs Officer Robert L. Hugins of the American Embassy in Kathmandu however says in his communication to 'Asian Tribune' that on the important topic of "evacuation", the embassy "regularly advises, inform, and consult American citizens."

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