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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

US terms Nepal Maoists still a terror organization

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 02 May, ( Even as the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) got resounding victory in Constituent Assembly elections held April last and is heading the government since August last, the United States continues to keep the former rebel party in Nepal under terrorist organizations watch list.

According to the Country Reports on Terrorism 2008 released by the US Department of State on Thursday, the Maoist’s United Revolutionary People´s Council and the People´s Liberation Army (PLA) are still part of its Terrorist Exclusion List.

While the United Revolutionary People’s Council is a political wing of the party, the People’s Liberation Army is the military arm of the party.

“Although the Maoist party ended a ten-year insurgency in 2006 and entered into the interim government in April 2007, factions of the Maoists continued to engage in violence, extortion, and abductions,” the report said.

“The Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League, which included former members of the People’s Liberation Army and grew increasingly prominent during 2007, carried on the Maoist militia´s tactics of abuse, abduction, murder, intimidation, and extortion in cities and villages,” it said.

The State Department keeps any organization or a party that commits or incites to commit terrorist activities with an intention to cause death or serious bodily injury,
prepares or plans terrorist activities, gathers information on potential targets for terrorist activity, or provides material support to further terrorist activity in Terrorist Exclusion List.

The US government led by George W. Bush had first branded Nepal’s Maoists a terrorist organization in 2004.

The inclusion of the Maoist in Terrorist Exclusion List of the US comes just opposite to the speculations being made from various quarters that the US government would now rethink of its policy on the Maoists in the aftermath of Constituent Assembly elections held last year.

US Assistant Secretary for Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher had said during his visit to Nepal in February that though "preparations" were on for removing the former rebel party from the terrorist watch list, it would depend on the Maoist modus operandi.

The State Department lauded the Nepali government´s in counterterrorism efforts, specifically with the passage of anti-money laundering legislation and the arrest of individuals suspected of terrorist ties. However, the report added that US anti-terrorism assistance was constrained by the presence of the Maoists within the government.

- Asian Tribune -

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