PM greeted with black flags during departure at TIA

KATHMANDU: Students affiliated to sister wings of the opposition parties Nepali Congress and CPN-UML on Monday afternoon greeted Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai at the Tribhuvan International Airport while leaving for Rio de Janeiro to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Three persons were slightly injured while two vehicles including one with the registration no. (Ba 1 Jha 5354) have been vandalised during the clash between the demonstrators and the security personnel, police said.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has left for Rio de Janeiro at 3:55 pm to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) slated for June 20-22, as the head of a 21-member delegation today.

Bhattarai has flown to chief Brazilian port despite advice from diplomatic and political circles that the head of a caretaker government cannot truly represent the country reeling under political uncertainty.

On his part, PM Bhattarai defended his trip claiming that his participation at the international forum is indispensable, adding the conference offers an opportunity to highlight the problems facing Nepal and other environmentally vulnerable Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Altogether 150 heads of government are attending the conference, which marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992.THT ONLINE

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