Washington: The US has initiated the
process of removing the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) from the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist, but says that the former rebels need to take certain steps before
it can be finally taken off the terrorism blacklist.
"While the Party has taken some positive steps, we
continue to have areas of concern which must be addressed
before the Party could be de-listed," the State Department
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) is not included on
the Foreign Terrorist Organization list, but remains a
designated Specially Designated Global Terrorist under
Executive Order 13224 and is included on the Terrorism
Exclusion List, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality
Act, State Department told reporters in a written answer to
the question asked in this regard at the daily news
The State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland,
however, defended the US`s decision to work with the Nepalese Government headed by the Prime Minister, Baburam Bhattarai, from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).
"There are a number of governments around the world
where individual folks, individual parties in a coalition,
have been designated, and we continue to work as best we can
there," Nuland said.
"We have to review each of these on a case-by-case
basis, and we have to and we continue to work on progress as
we can to work through the issues that led to the issues that
led to the listing in the first place," she said.
"We are hopeful that we will be able to have a good
working relationship," she said in response to a question.
The Maoists are on the US Terrorism Exclusion List but
not the tougher Foreign Terrorist Organisation List, which
would make it a crime to provide financial support to the