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US asks Nepal`s leaders to respect commitment on peace

As a UN mission overseeing Nepal`s transition to peace prepares to wind up, the US has appealed to the political leadership to respect their own commitment and bring the peace process to "a much-needed conclusion".



Washington: As a UN mission overseeing
Nepal`s transition to peace prepares to wind up, the US has appealed to the political leadership in the country to respect their own commitment and bring the peace process to "a much-needed conclusion".

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central
Asia, Robert Blake, made separate telephone calls to the
Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and the chairman of
the Communist Party of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly
known as Prachand.

"He (Blake) told both leaders that the United States
government commitment to support the peace process will
continue after the United Nations mission leaves Nepal this
weekend," State Department spokesman P J Crowley told
reporters at his daily news conference.

"He urged all parties to continue to respect their own
commitments under the comprehensive peace agreement," Crowley
said.

The UN mission in Nepal was set up in 2007 with a
one-year mandate to oversee the country`s transition to peace.

It was repeatedly extended, but in September the United
Nations announced the mission would close on January 15.

Blake concluded by saying that the people of Nepal
look to their political leadership to bring the peace process
to "a much-needed conclusion." He appealed to all parties to
show flexibility and work together to achieve this goal,
Crowley said.

The US, in a travel warning earlier, had alerted
citizens about the security risk on travelling to Nepal in
view of the volatile security situation in the country.
It also said that Prachanda-led Communist Party is
considered to be a global terrorist organisation and thus it
would be unlawful to maintain any kind of relationship with
them.

"The US government`s designation of the Communist
Party of Nepal (Maoist) as a `Specially Designated Global
Terrorist` organisation under Executive Order 13224, and its
inclusion on the `Terrorist Exclusion List` pursuant to the
Immigration and Nationality Act, remain in effect," the State
Department had said in a travel alert issued Wednesday.
"These two designations make Maoists excludable from
entry into the United States without a waiver and bar US
citizens from contributing funds, goods, or services to, or
for the benefit of, the Maoists," it said.

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