Less than a minute ago, amidst a grand and historic ceremony, Nepali leaders agreed to end the war that killed more than 13 thousand people in the last 10 years. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and CPN Maoist Chairman Prachanda put their respective signatures in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that formally ended the bloodshed in Nepal. The signature ceremony is being telecast live and it has been reported that people have started celebrating the historic achievement.
UWB post dated November 21st, 2006
Prof. Pyare Lall, on November 21st, 2006 at 9:05 pm Said:
It is a very big achievement. But let us see the implement from both sides particularly from Maoists. Let us wait and see.
Truth, on November 21st, 2006 at 9:11 pm Said:
A very good thing for Nepal and whole the Nepalese for the better future of the Nation.
Love Live Nepal !!
photoredde, on November 21st, 2006 at 9:22 pm Said:
So many times, especially when it comes to wars, what is said and what is done are often two very different things. I agree with Prof., let us wait and see… yet I am very excited for you and all the other Nepalis that have been effected for all of these years. I will be crossing my fingers for the future of Nepal.
Today is the day of celebrations! The government of Nepal declared today public holiday and the Home Minister requested all citizens to do dipawali in their homes. All government offices are reported to be doing dipawali this evening. People on the street are in jubilant mood.
UWB post dated November 22nd, 2006
More efforts needed to attain durable peace
The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) with Maoists promising to come to the peaceful politics had paved the way for the drafting of the interim constitution and culminated in former rebels joining the government in April, 2007 (only to leave it after a few months). The CPA was signed with both sides agreeing to abide by the letter and spirit of the 12-point agreement, the peace code of conduct and promising to establish competitive multi-party democratic system of governance while respecting civil liberty, human rights, full press freedom. During the time they had also vowed to build a “New Nepal” after restructuring the state. Above all they promised Constituent Assembly election to write a new constitution.
However, a year down the line, experts have criticised both the government and the Maoists for not working as per the letter and spirit of the CPA signed a year ago this day. (continue reading it here in Nepalnews)