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Last Updated: Sun, 18.11.12 18:13
British Army chief calls on Prez, PM; raises GAESO eye-brows

Chief of British Army Gen Sir Peter Anthony Wall, who is in Kathmandu for a six-day visit, called on President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai at their respective offices on Sunday.

Wall, who is also the head of the British Army's Gurkha Welfare Trust, is to visit Pokhara and Panchkhal before returning home on Wednesday, the Nepali Army's Directorate of Public Relations said.

Meanwhile, the Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen´s Organisation (GAESO) has said it believes that Wall has a hidden motive to visit Nepal.

GAESO chief Padam Bahadur Gurung said the British government is against its plans to conduct funeral rites for 60,000 Gurkha soldiers who died serving the British empire in the two world wars, in a few days time.

"Around 60,000 Gurkhas were killed during the two great wars. The British empire has neither honoured them nor given relief to their families," said GAESO chief Padam Bahadur Gurung. nepalnews.com