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U.S. Ambassador Demands: Nepal Maoists End Peoples Liberation Army

Posted by hetty7 on November 20, 2010

Maoist supporters confront the government in Nepal (photo: Jed Brandt)

The U.S. government working through ambassadors, military trainers and other agents has been intervening  in Nepal — in a campaign of counterinsurgency and counterrevolution. Part of the operation has been to “explain” to the Maoist what they “have to do” to be “accepted” as a “legitimate” party. And the stick in this scenario is embodied in the continuing U.S. practice of (unjustly!) including Nepal’s Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Young Communist League and the Peoples Liberation Army on its terrorist list.

That is little short of a threat of attack and bloody suppression with U.S. backing.

U.S.: Hands off the Revolution in Nepal!

Maoists are not Terrorists: Take UCPN(M) Off U.S. Government Terrorist Lists!

This article was published by myrepublica.

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Kathmandu Nov. 18: The US has urged the UCPN (Maoist) to sever its relation  with ex-combatants if the party wants its commitment to democracy and peace unquestioned, while calling on the other parties to assure the Maoists of integration and rehabilitation of ex-combatants on “fair terms”.

The US has also asked the non-Maoist parties to assure the Maoists that they will not be excluded from national politics.

The US urged the UCPN (Maoist), “whose role is central to the peace process”, to let the integration and rehabilitation of their ex-fighters move forward so that the process is completed “as early as possible.”

“Unless they cut their links with their former insurgent military forces, their commitment to peace and democracy will be questioned and others will not feel confident enough to make the necessary compromises on critical issues of constitution drafting and power sharing,” US Ambassador to Nepal Scott H. DeLisi said addressing a function at the Central Department of Political Science at Tribhuvan University on Thursday. DeLisi said the Maoists do not need a military force to pursue their political agenda and they cannot “credibly engage in a democratic political dialogue.” until they continue to have one.

“Now is the time to close the Maoist combatants and move the country forward,” the US ambassador further said.

Sharing the US interests in Nepal with the professors and students of political science in Kirtipur, the US envoy also emphasized that all issues relating to the peace process should be resolved before UNMIN leaves Nepal after 58 days.  He also encouraged the political parties to agree on modality of integration and rehabilitation of over 19,000 ex-Maoist fighters.

The US envoy also emphasized that it would be better if all the issues relating to the peace process are resolved before the UNMIN leaves Nepal. “The peace process will not collapse after UNMIN leaves as the international community will continue to offer its support. But now is the opportunity to resolve these issues once and for all while UNMIN is still here,” he said.

The US call for parties to focus with urgency on the peace process have come at a time when parties’ commitment to complete the peace process by January15,2011 is under question as parties continue to struggle amidst a deep political stalemate to find out an agreed modality on concluding the peace process.

Saying that the Maoists may finally be getting more serious about the peace process, he urged other parties to respond with a similar spirit.

Reading out eight-page remarks that outlined his country’s interests in Nepal, the envoy also expressed US willingness to help fund the secretariat’s work, set up field offices and support  vocational training for ex-Maoist combatants to be rehabilitated in society, if parties want to.

The ambassador opined that lack of trust among parties has complicated their efforts to reach agreement on political issues.

DeLisa said the US wants to see the new constitution to uphold democratic values, including respect for independence of the judiciary, separation of powers, press freedom, regular and open democratic elections. He was, however, straightforward in saying that the US does not have any prescription for the “right constitution” in Nepal.

According to DeLisi, peace process, democratic constitution, security sector reform, enhancing the rule of law and human rights, development agenda and economic growth, among others are main areas of US interest in Nepal.

One Response to “U.S. Ambassador Demands: Nepal Maoists End Peoples Liberation Army”

  1. Shiva said

    Is this a tactical move by the US to stake its claim in running the affairs of Nepal and thereby challenge India’s monopoly?

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