US aid to strengthen Nepal`s security capability
Last Updated: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 20:57
Kathmandu: The United States on Sunday pledged USD 850,000 financial aid to Nepal to strengthen its security infrastructure, with the country still reeling under the impact of a decade-long Maoist-led insurgency that ended in 2006.

Maria Otero, the US Under Secretary for Global Affairs, pledged to provide USD 850,000 assistance to Nepal Police to improve its security capability, including the central communication system.

"The U.S. Government has a robust partnership with the Nepal Police, because we understand that improving law and order in Nepal and protecting Nepalis' security are essential tasks for a country coming out of the insecurity of a long conflict", Otero said.

"A strong and professional police force can be an immeasurable benefit to Nepal, the top US official underlined.

In addition to this, the US is funding the reconstruction of police posts that were destroyed during the conflict and offering a range of training programmes to the Nepal Police, including airport security, natural resource protection, counter-terrorism, international peace keeping, stopping human trafficking, and respecting human rights, according to a US Embassy press release.

The top US official provided Inspector General of Police Ramesh Chandra Thakuri the amount meant for technology improvement of Nepal Police Command Centre to strengthen its communication capabilities.

It aims to help the police respond more quickly and more professionally to citizens around the country and will thus improve the police?s ability to serve as an information and coordination leader in the event of natural disaster in Nepal.

The Maoists, who joined mainstream politics after a 2006 peace deal, formed Nepal's first post-royal government in 2008. However, the political instability has given rise to law and order problem in the country.

Even as the US has reversed its previous policy of not dealing with the Maoists, Washington is not yet prepared to strike the former rebels from its terrorist blacklists.

The US government's continues to designate the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' organisation.

Some 13,000 people were killed in the insurgency launched by the Maoists in 1996 to install a communist republic in Nepal.


First Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 20:57

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