Nepal: UCPN(M) seeks US assistance in drafting new constitution

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Nepal News, June 25, 2010

The Unified CPN (Maoist) has decided to call back its three leaders who are currently on a visit to the United States.

The party decided to call its three leaders – C.P Gajurel, Top Bahadur Rayamajhi and Pampha Bhusal – back to the country after politburo member Angi Sapkota, who was in the list of CA members visiting the US, had to cancel his trip in response to pressure created by some international human groups against him, citing wartime human rights abuses.

In a press statement, Maoist spokesperson Dina Nath Sharma said that his party had taken the incident as a move intended to malign the image of his party.

Along with the Constituent Assembly members of other major parties, the three Maoist leaders, who are also CA members, had flown to the US to take part in a workshop on constitution-drafting in Boston. They are on a ten-day visit.

This is for the first time the US administration is hosting a group of Maoist leaders. Prior to this, Maoist standing committee member and party’s foreign department chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara had visited the US at the invitation of the State Department.

The recent gesture from the US government is seen as an indication of its improving relations with Nepali Maoists although it still puts the former rebels in its terrorist watch list.

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