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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

US Doesn’t See Maoist Rebels in Nepal Legitimate Political F

[b]US Doesn’t See Maoist Rebels in Nepal Legitimate Political Force Unless Give Up Violence[/b]

Daya Gamage – News Analysis to Asian Tribune

[b]US, Mao Rebellion & Tiger Terrorism[/b]

[b]Washington, D.C., 24 September ([/b] The United States government’s policy approaches toward the Maoist insurgency in Nepal and Tamil Tiger terrorism in Sri Lanka, both nations that are in the South Asian Region, have contradictory differences. The U.S. urges King Gyanendra and Nepalese political parties to form a democratic framework to deal with the 30-year old Maoist insurgency, while it advocates the Government of Sri Lanka to have a negotiated settlement with the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), which launched an armed offensive and unleashed terrorism 20 years ago.

A senior U.S. State Department official of its South Asia Bureau, Donald Camp, addressing a panel on the situation in Nepal at the Heritage Foundation in Washington September 20, said “although the Maoist rebels announced a ceasefire three weeks ago and asked for United Nations mediation, the Maoists will not be seen as a legitimate political force in Nepal unless they give up violence.”

On the same breath, Camp added that there is a prevailing fear that if the Maoists win political power, they are likely to eliminate the other parties and form a totalitarian state.

Donald Camp, who has been in the State Department for a long time and one time served as the Political Officer in Colombo’s American Embassy, is well aware of the LTTE agenda; disregard for the dissenting voice among the ethnic Tamil minority; brutally eliminating such voices to establish a hegemony among Sri Lanka’s 12.5 percent Tamil minority to achieve a status of a ‘sole representative of the Tamil people’, and exercise a totalitarian rule in the areas under its domination. Nevertheless, the declared policy of the United States government is that only a negotiated settlement with the Tamil Tigers will bring a peaceful settlement to Sri Lanka’s crisis despite the Tiger outfit has been designated by the U.S. as a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization’.

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