Stop U.S. Army counter-insurgency training of Nepal govt
Posted by redpines on November 12, 2011
The Army Integration Special Committee, which will oversee the implementation of the Seven Point Agreement on Nepal’s army integration has direct ties to US imperialism. The US has long had an interest in thwarting Nepal’s revolution. This is a very public and very direct example of US interference.
Given what US-backed military regimes have done to developing countries in the past, this seems to be a particularly ominous development. Without a People’s Army, the people are vulnerable to US military interests.
Thanks to Democracy and Class Struggle for posting the article.
Nepal’s Army Integration Special Committee
Attending Training Programme of the US Army and Navy Academy
in California “aimed to help formation of national security policy”
November 6, 2011.
The timetable for the regrouping of the Maoist combatants is likely to fall behind schedule with majority of the members of the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) remaining out of the country at the moment.
Five of the AISC members are now in the United States – four of them attending a training programme organised by the US Army.
A meeting of the committee scheduled to take place on Sunday had to be cancelled due to the absence of the members. The AISC secretariat notified about the postponement of the meeting citing lack of quorum.
The meeting was to take up the modality of the rehabilitation package prepared by secretariat.
Four AISC members – UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel, Nepali Congress leader Ram Sharan Mahat, Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Republican) chairman and communication minister J.P Gupta and MJF-Loktantrik’s Jintendra Dev are in the US for more than a week now to attend a training programme organised by the Army and Navy academy in California.
Pokharel’s personal assistant Dipendra Shrestha told Nepalnews that the leaders went to the US at the invitation of US government for the civil-army relationship training “aimed to help in the formation of new national security policy of Nepal”.
Another AISC member, Minendra Rijal, left for US on Saturday, accompanying Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
The Dahal-led delegation will meet United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon in New York to seek support for the development of Lumbini as an international Buddhist hub.