Prachanda interview in eKantipur (if this link doesn’t work, please visit the ekantipur page).
In his first television interview to a Nepali channel, Prachanda, the Supreme leader of Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) talks sense and raises so many convincing issues that viewers (as far as a few dozen people I talked to while watching the interview being aired now on Kantipur TV taken by Sohan Shrestha). Yes, I am impressed. I think he is raising right issues. I believe that they really want peace and that they should be included in the interim government immediately. “We are ready to join the interim government and solve the problem peacefully,” Prachanda said. “But the Seven Party Alliance is trying give the impression that they alone did the historical April revolution. That revolution was done jointly by SPA, Maoists and the civil society.”
Prachanda said that first Maoists should be incorporated in the interim government and the country should talk about developments and bringing in help packages from abroad. “We are not against bringing in aid packages from India, we know we need the aid,” he said. “But that should be done by the government with our participation. I told [Prime Minister] Girija [Prasad] Koirala that this government shouldn’t decide on long term aid packages without first including us in the government. After we are included in the government, we can go to India and ask for what we need.”
Prachanda further said, “First political settlement then development. For that the speed of talks need to be intensified.”
Prachanda seems to be genuinely interested in solving the problem by first ensuring the Maoist participation in the decision making process. He also talked about the necessity of the election of constituent assembly, the international meditation (“no problem with any credible international agency that India and China feel comfortable with”) and arms management. (“We will not come out of certain area of Nepal as the process of election starts.”)
The SPA should create no problem whatsoever if Maoists really want to join the government and go for political settlement (election of constituent assembly). If Maoists are too eager to join the government, let them join. Why create problem and endanger the peace process. Prachanda said that he didn’t come to the last week’s Kathmandu gathering of the Maoist party as his party wasn’t too sure about the SPA’s intention of settling the political problem first.
“It is a political blunder that SPA is delaying our inclusion in the government by declaring things from Parliament. This is nothing more than trying to take fake credit of the historical movement. These leaders and parties were in the government in the 90s as well. Why didn’t they do these kinds of decisions in the parliament then? Now they are trying to bypass the Maoists from the political process and this is very dangerous for the peaceful settlement. Maoists need to be the part of the political process. Everything should be done with our participation.”– Prachanda
(blog posted by Wagle)