’s Maoists speak out against Nepal ’s ‘intrusion’ Delhi
KAMAL RAJ SIGDEL
THE KATHMANDU POST, DEC 23 - The UCPN (Maoist) wrapped up its third phase of protests and declared a fourth one on Tuesday concluding that there was no point in holding talks with local parties since they were all controlled by New Delhi. It was more meaningful to talk directly with
· MKN govt is
· No alternative to CA
· Nepal-India ties need revision
This is the first instance since the 12-point agreement in 2005 that the Maoist leadership has come out openly against what it calls
The party announced that a national awareness campaign would start from Dec. 25 and run for a month. If the speeches made at the party rally on Tuesday were anything to go by, the Maoists will adopt a strong nationalist pitch in the next few weeks. Still, the party leadership displayed ambivalence in its treatment of
“We are ready to hold talks with
There was the inevitable frustration with local parties. “For the last six months, I have reached out countless times to the parties, but they have all gone in vain,” said Dahal. “It’s a pity that the parties are helpless when it comes to taking any decision on their own as they are remote-controlled by New Delhi.”
Dahal offered five key agendas that should feature in the Nepal-India dialogue: scrapping of the 1950 Nepal-India Friendship Treaty, revision of other unequal bilateral treaties, revision of Indian policy to ensure Nepal’s right to international transit, a tripartite agreement between Nepal, India and China on a long-term strategy for Nepal’s development, Nepal-India border disputes, including Susta, and the Indian army’s withdrawal from Kalapani.
Dahal expressed serious concern over Indian Army Chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor’s recent remarks against the en masse integration of former Maoist combatants in Nepal Army. Gen. Kapoor’s statement came during Army Chief Chhatra Man Singh Gurung’s
“What is the point in India prescribing what should or what should not be done on the Army integration issue, which has been clearly outlined in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement?” asked Dahal, adding that silence on the part of Gen. Gurung was indicative of the fact that the current establishment could not speak against New Delhi “even if the silence could cost us our sovereignty”.
The fourth phase of protests, according to the Maoists, will focus on raising “national awareness” by “exposing clandestine deals” with foreign compradors. “We are approaching a situation when we have to fight not only local compradors but also their foreign masters,” said Maoist Vice-Chairman Baburam Bhattarai.
The one-month protest, from Dec. 25 to Jan. 24, is scheduled to culminate in declaration of an indefinite general strike if the government fails to address the party’s demand for a House discussion on the president’s reinstatement of then Army chief Rookmangud Katawal.
The Maoist leaders also took strong exception to the government decision to buy arms from
(Originally printed at: http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2009/12/22/top-stories/Maoists-speak-out-against-Delhis-intrusion/3299/)