Nepal Today

Sunday, September 20, 2009

PM Nepal arrives in New York Monday; other details

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 20 Sept: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal will arrive in New York Monday to lead the Nepali delegation to the current annual UN general assembly session.
Nepal left for the USA even as Maoists have threatened to topple his government and start popular movement for massive change after a Maoist-led Prachanda government was ousted more than four months ago.
Maoists have charged the government for running the country on foreign, particularly Indian design.
Significantly, before flying for New York Nepal abandoned traditional criticism of Nepal Army and praised it for its contribution to the nation over history.
After Maoist victory on the 10 April constituent assembly election, Nepal Army is no longer an object of attack from particularly ruling parties Nepali Congress and CPN-UMl.
The two parties joined with certain world capitals and international human rights organizationd to defame the army which united Nepal.
Nepal said at a passing out parade for cadet officers Sunday in Bhaktapur Nepal Army had courageously fought imperialists.
Nepal said this even as the state army and the president are objects of attack of Maoists.
Nepal said before New York departure he will inform the general assembly on the status of the peace process.
The prime minister said he will highlight the serious problem likely to be created by glacial burst in the Everest region by climate change in Himalaya.
Nepal is attempting to take leadership of the LDC countries at rhe New York meeting.
Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala left separately for New York and will proceed to Washington from New York to press the lift on restriction on Nepali garment exports.
Nepal returns home without visiting Washington.
Before flying abroad, Sujata said a Congress general congress in lNovember was not necessary.
Congress is resisting party president and her father’s attempt to cancel the congress to impose Sujata in the party without election.
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Six-member committee to be formed

Kathmandu, 20 Sept: In an attempt that will please Maoists, government Sunday decided to form a six-member ministerial committee under peace minister Rakam Chemjung consider compensation for victims of the 10-year people’s movement, including compensation for assets seized by Maoists.
Maoists have claimed they never seized assets during the war.
Two ruling parties—Congress and CPN-UML—had again highlighted the return after loss in the CA election to Maoists in April 2008.
The two parties have again abandoned the stance.
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