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Nepal: Maoists are Not Terrorists!

Posted by Rosa Harris on April 20, 2008

Kasama received the following note together with this article:

“I think it raises an important question in terms of our responsibilities to create pressure to have the terrorist designation lifted.”

‘Nepal Maoists in talks with US to remove terrorist tag’

Kathmandu (PTI): Nepal Maoists, who are named as a terrorist organisation by the
US government, are in talks with American officials to get Washington to remove
the “terrorist tag” from the former rebels, now tipped to head the next
government in the Himalayan state.

“We are trying to establish close links with the U.S…talks are going on in
several fronts in this regard,” said C P Gajurel, a central committee member of
the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist.

“We are requesting them (United States) to remove the terrorist tag that they
have maintained on our party…our doors are always open to all US officials if
they want to talk to us,” Gajurel, who is also chief of the international bureau
of the party, was quoted as saying by the Telegraph Nepal online on Saturday.

Speaking at an interaction programme in the capital yesterday, Gajurel said the
US may feel embarrassed in maintaining the “terrorist tag” on the CPN-Maoist.
Former US president Jimmy Carter, who was in Nepal to monitor the constituent
assembly election on April 10, had said the results indicated a major transition
for the Himalayan state.

“If the Maoists do gain a substantial share of power I hope the United States
will recognise and do business with the government,” Carter had said.

He stressed that the Maoists have changed their behaviour by resorting to
peaceful democratic process. Carter hoped the American government will
reconsider its “terrorist tag” on the Maoists as they have joined the democratic
process.

The former rebels ended their decade-long civil war after inking a peace deal in
November 2006 with the government that took over from King Gyanendra. The
election was for a special assembly that is expected to abolish the 240-year-old
monarchy and rewrite Nepal’s constitution.

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