Uncle Sam on Nepal political development: If the Maoists separate from their arms, renounce violence and establish their credentials as a peaceful entity, the United States can remove them from our terrorist list and treat them like any other political party.
Happy news about American Ambassador James F. Moriarty’s recent activism in Nepali politics is that Uncle Sam will not boycott us or impose sanctions or consider a regime change 🙂 even after the Maoist join the interim government next month. This is a very good development, saap pani marne, latthi pani nabhachhine!, for both Nepal and the US. For us, it’s good because the much needed greenback will keep coming and for the US it’s good that their ambassador performed a “good diplomacy” and saved their country from facing an uneasy situation. Many in Kathmandu believe that the activism of Moriarty in the recent months helped create immense pressure on Maoists and strenthen the bargaining power of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala (Look Prachanda ji, just imagine what will happen if Americans leave the country after you join the government with weapons!) Today American Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard A Boucher confirmed that US will continue its support to the government of Nepal and hinted that the terrorist tag will be removed from the forehead of Maoist party if the rebels “separate from their arms, renounce violence and establish their credentials as a peaceful entity.” Here is the complete version of the statement issued by Boucher and made available to UWB by the American Center, Kathmandu:
It is a pleasure to be in Nepal again. I came here to better understand Nepal’s transition to democracy, and it is clear this is an historic time.
A comprehensive peace agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Maoists is anticipated. My government looks forward to this step in hopes that it will place Nepal on the path of lasting peace and democracy. We want to see the peace process work. We pledge our full support. We support an agreement that safeguards the aspirations of the Nepali people.
To reach this goal, however, violence, intimidation, and criminal acts must end. The Nepali people, who have lived in fear for 11 years, deserve a chance to live without fear and to choose their form of government in fair elections. If the Maoists separate from their arms, renounce violence and establish their credentials as a peaceful entity, the United States can remove them from our terrorist list and treat them like any other political party.
We support a robust and effective role for the UN in the peace process. We will also continue to contribute to Nepal’s long-term development. The United States is committed to help Nepal build a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future for its people.