The Last Briefing by Ian Martin

Ian Martin, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Nepal speaks at the Meeting of the Security Council on 16 January 2009 The request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process Mr President, This is the tenth and last time I am briefing the Council on the assistance ofContinue reading “The Last Briefing by Ian Martin”

Now That They Are in Power, Maoist Comrades Start New Fight

Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and Mohan Baidya at loggerheads By Renu Kshetry The central committee (CC) meeting of CPN (Maoist) held on Monday (yesterday) saw party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and leader of the hard-line faction Mohan Baidya present separate political documents. Prime Minister Dahal presented three options on republicanism – the federal democratic republic,Continue reading “Now That They Are in Power, Maoist Comrades Start New Fight”

Ian Martin of UNMIN Speaks to the Press

The UN Secretary-General will visit Nepal latter this month, is spokesperson said Thursday. While in Nepal, the Secretary-General will meet with the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and members of the Constituent Assembly. The Secretary-General will also visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the spokesperson said. Ian Martin, Special Representative of theContinue reading “Ian Martin of UNMIN Speaks to the Press”

On the Highway to People’s Republic

By Krishna Giri I do not know much about Tanka P Acharya, who broke the traditional trend by visiting China, and hence can not speculate on the facts of media coverage then. However, when Maoist supremo followed Acharya’s footsteps, many Nepali and Indian tabloid have covered the news as ‘first time’ adding historic, challenging, braveContinue reading “On the Highway to People’s Republic”

Maos Start Homework on Government

After behaving like a kid for the past several days, the Maoist comrades have started doing homeworks to form the next government. The largest party in the Constituent Assembly has sought support from parties represented in the CA. The Maoist leaders held a meeting yesterday at the parliament secretariat and sought support from all 25Continue reading “Maos Start Homework on Government”

Ian Martin: Too Many Challenges Ahead for Nepal

Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal at a press conference at the Reporter’s Club, Kathmandu today. The following is the transcript provided by his office: Introduction (in Nepali) by Rishi Dhamala, President of the Reporters’ Club. Ian Martin: Thank you, Rishi. I could not understand your introduction, but you are usually over generous. AndContinue reading “Ian Martin: Too Many Challenges Ahead for Nepal”

American Minister Meets Maoist Chairman

Twenty five days after it made first official contact with the “terrorist” Maoists in years, the United States today held another face-to-face meeting with the top leadership of the Maoist party. Visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Evan A. Feigenbaum met Maoist chairman Prachanda in latter’s residence inContinue reading “American Minister Meets Maoist Chairman”