CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda’s Letter
to the UN Secretary-General
On July 24, 2006, the Chairman of the Communist
Party of Nepal (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda wrote
a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. Following
is the full text of the letter:
H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dear Mr. Secretary-General,
This is to draw your attention to the letter sent to you by the Government
of Nepal on 2 July 2006 and to register our strong protest and disagreement
over certain crucial points of the letter.
Firstly, the letter was written & sent unilaterally and secretively
without any consultation with us in utter violation of the spirit of
ongoing negotiation between the Government of Nepal and the C.P.N (Maoist).
We came to know about the letter through the media after nearly three
weeks, and hence this delay to register our disagreement over it.
Secondly, and more importantly, the content of the letter, particularly
as stated in points nos. 3 & 4, is in complete violation of the 12-point
Understanding of 22 November 2005 and 8-point Agreement of 16 June 2006
reached between the two sides. For your kind recollection, clause-3
of the 8-point Agreement clearly states: "To request the United Nations
to assist in the management of the armies and arms of both sides (emphasis
added) and to monitor it for a free & fair election to the constituent
assembly". Against this, the said letter self-professedly and provocatively
talks of "Assist in the monitoring of the combatants of the Maoists
and decommissioning of their arms" and "Monitor to assure that the Nepal
Army is inside barracks" etc. Such arbitrary and unilateral application
of two different yardsticks to the two armies is highly objectionable
and totally unacceptable to us. Particularly any talk of "decommissioning"
of arms of only the PLA before the election to the constituent assembly
is just unthinkable. As everybody knows, the so-called Nepal Army is
still loyal to the autocratic monarchy and its democratic restructuring
and keeping under credible international monitoring is more imperative
& important for free & fair election to the constituent assembly.
We would like to reiterate our appreciation to the United Nations and
to you personally for the positive role played so far in favour of democracy,
peace and progress in Nepal and expect the same in future. We shall
be happy to co-operate in any manner with the UN team planning to visit
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.
Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)
24 July 2006
Source: Nepal news