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U.S. Govt Plays Godfather to Nepal’s Counterrevolutionary Army

Posted by hetty7 on January 5, 2011

This article was published by Republica.

It confirms the important role the U.S. intends to play as a paymaster, adviser and arms supplier to the Nepal Army.

The U.S. cut off public military aid in 2005 when the King staged a fascist coup d’etat, isolated himself and triggered a storm of resistance. Now the U.S. is offering “full-fledged military assistance” in exchange for even more control over how the Nepal Army conducts itself.

This is raw imperialism in action — it shows the U.S. intention to dominate this region, and shows that the Nepal Army is considered an important instrument of such foreign control. The specific dmeands reveal a U.S. desire to reshape this army — to prepare it politically to dominate Nepal, a country where the people increasingly support sweeping new radical changes. This raises renewed concerns about both foreign intrigue and attempts at aggressive military intervention in Nepali politics.

These plans for military aid and political intervention are nowbeing refined in the U.S. Senate. They show the U.S. concern that the NA quickly clean up its image (as a murdering force oppressing the people) in order to serve as an instrument for suppressing the people of Nepal and stabilizing a conservative order.

The NA is one of the few remaining pillars of the old feudal system in Nepal — continuing the royalist cause after the King himself was deposed.

As always we urge readers to remember that the media source here has its own motives and worldview.

Nepal – U.S. Rider for Military Aid to Nepal Army

Kiran Chapagain

Kathmandu, Dec. 22: The US government, which is the second largest supplier of military assistance to the Nepal Army (NA) after India, is considering a set of tough conditions to resume full-fledged military assistance to NA for 2011.

The national army that faces allegations of failing to address the conflict-time human rights abuse incidents allegedly committed by its personnel, will have to meet two conditions to be eligible for US military assistance under the Foreign Military Financing Program proposed to the Appropriations Bill of the fiscal year 2011.

The first condition proposed in the bill that is currently under discussion in the US Senate requires the Nepal Army to cooperate fully with investigations and prosecutions by civilian authorities of violation of human rights, including the 2004 murder of Maina Sunar.

This latest US condition has echoed widespread concern over the Nepal Army’s reluctance to hand over Major Noranjan Baasnet, one of the accused in the 2004 murder of Sunar and warranted by a court, to the Nepal Police  for investigation. Despite several attempts made by Nepal Police to grill Basnet into the murder of a 16 -year old school girl in Kavrepalanchowk, the army has been protecting him

Basnet was repatriated to Nepal in December 2009 after Republica disclosed that he was serving in the UN mission in Chad.

The second condition says that Nepal Army should work constructively to redefine its mission and adjust size accordingly and implement reforms in its organization. Such reforms include strengthening the capacity of the civilian Ministry of Defense to improve transparency  and accountability of budget; the army should facilitate the integration of Maoist combatants into security forces, including the army itself; the national army is also required to be consistent with the goals of reconciliation, peace and stability.

The US had put similar  conditions for the national army even in 2010. But the terms for the next year have some additions. For instance, the 2010 conditions were implicit in mentioning the name of the Nepal Army. National Armed Forces was used to refer to the Nepal Army and other security agencies collectively. But the proposed 2011 conditions have categorically mentioned the name of the Nepal Army.

Similarly, the Maina Sunar case has featured in the 2011 terms.  So has been the issue of right-sizing of the national army.

But the proposed conditions say that the US will continue to provide assistance to the Nepal Army for peacekeeping missions, humanitarian relief, and reconstruction operations.

The US has continued its embargo on the supply of lethal military assistance to the Nepal Army since 2005 following the power seizure by then King Gyanendra and amidst allegation of human rights violations by the Nepal Army, which was at war with the Maoists then. The US used to provide the Nepal Army light weaponry like small arms and grenade launchers.


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