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Statement by U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu

On November 4, 2005, the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu released a statement expressing concern over reports regarding the possible alliance between one or more of the major political parties and Maoist insurgents. Presented below is the full text of the statement:

Embassy Warns Against Maoists-Parties "Alliance"

November 4, 2005

The U.S. Embassy notes with alarm recent reports in Nepal media on the emerging potential for an "alliance" between one or more of the major political parties and the Maoist rebels.

The United States notes that the parties in the past have said that they would not enter into any formal relationship with the Maoists, unless and until the Maoists firmly renounce violence, put down their weapons, and commit to supporting the democratic process. Despite declaring a three-month ceasefire in September, the Maoists have done nothing to indicate that they are prepared to abandon violence in the long term, and abductions and extortion continue unabated.

The United States, which supports the restoration of democracy in Nepal and the prevention of a Maoist takeover, believes the best way to reach these goals is through unity of Nepal’s legitimate political forces – the political parties and the monarchy. We urge both to re-establish an effective working relationship to lead Nepal out of its current crisis, and to work toward a democratic and peaceful future for the country and its people.

We hope that the Maoists will enter into peace negotiations with the government in good faith, abandon their weapons, and come into the political mainstream. Until these steps are taken, the Maoists cannot be treated as a legitimate political party.

Source: Website of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu





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