Nepal: The pacified so-called “Maoist” Party is no longer attacked by imperialism

[Mao Zedong, the great revolutionary leader of the 1949 Chinese revolution, speaking on May 26, 1939, stated“I hold that it is bad as far as we are concerned if a person, a political party, an army or a school is not attacked by the enemy, for in that case it would definitely mean that we have sunk to the level of the enemy. It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves. It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear line of demarcation between the enemy and ourselves but achieved a great deal in our work.”  His words continue to resonate and are relevant today. (Please note that the US State Department refers to the delisting of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) it is in fact directed at the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which is the name which was adopted after the Maoist party had abandoned the people’s war and changed its color from red to bourgeois reformist.  See the statement from the State Department, and the news report of the response of the UCPN(M), below.) — Frontlines ed.]

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“Media Note:  Delisting of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)”

Office of the Spokesperson, State Department of the United States
Washington, DC
September 6, 2012

The Department of State has revoked the designation of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN(M)) and its aliases as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224, and as a “terrorist organization” from the Terrorist Exclusion List (TEL) under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). With these actions, the CPN(M)’s property and interests in property in the United States or within the possession or control of U.S. persons will no longer be blocked, and U.S. entities may engage in transactions with CPN(M) without having to obtain a license.

After a thorough review, the Department has determined that the CPN(M) is no longer engaged in terrorist activity that threatens the security of U.S. nationals or U.S. foreign policy. Additionally, in recent years, the Maoist party has been elected as the head of Nepal’s coalition government, has taken steps to dismantle its apparatus for the conduct of terrorist operations, and has demonstrated a credible commitment to pursuing the peace and reconciliation process in Nepal. Today’s delisting does not seek to overlook or forget the party’s violent past, but rather looks ahead towards the party’s continued engagement in a peaceful, democratic political dialogue in Nepal.

This delisting reflects the United States’ resolve to keep our terrorism sanctions current and demonstrates that a group need not stay on a terrorist list forever should it demonstrate a credible commitment to pursuing peace and reconciliation.

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“Nepal’s Maoists welcome US’ removal of terror tag”

By Indo Asian News Service
Saturday 8 September, 2012

Kathmandu, Sep 8 (IANS) The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) has welcomed the US State Department removing it from its list of terrorist organisations – six years after the end of the armed rebellion in this Himalayan country.

In an interview with Xinhua, Agni Sapkota, a former minister and currently spokesperson and member of the Central Committee of the Unified CPN-Maoist Party, said that they welcomed the decision of the US.

“We are happy that the US has finally removed the terrorist tag in our party although it is a little bit late. As you know, we have been engaged for a long time in the political process in Nepal. It took a long time for the decision due to procedural task that has to be completed by the US government,” Sapkota said.

In a statement issued Thursday in Washington, the State Department said that the CPN-Maoist, after it joined the mainstream political arena in Nepal, is no longer engaged in terrorist activities against the US and other countries.

Sapkota said that the people’s movement that they have started some 17 years ago was never meant to create havoc and threaten the security of the international community but it was waged merely to promote the welfare and well being of Nepal’s marginalised population.

According to him, the decision of the US State Department was only a confirmation that the path taken by the Maoist party was the correct path.”

The US action has taken cognizance of our commitment to move the peace process forward as one of the main players in Nepal’s mainstream politics,” he said.

Sapkota said that the process of convincing the US to remove the terrorist tag from the Maoist Party was long and tedious. It included visits by party leaders to Washington, to lobby and interact with American officials and to explain to them the party’s sincerity in abiding by the peace process and not to engage in any terror acts.

“Obviously, after six years, we have earned the trust of the US government,” Sapkota said.

(Bolding of text, above, added by Revolutionary Frontlines–ed.)

He said that their party has been working to be removed from the terrorist list since it declared an end to the civil war and joined mainstream politics after signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in November 2006.

“Our party’s efforts further intensified when the party obtained the largest majority in the elections for members of the Constituent Assembly held in 2008,” he said.

Sapkota added that the US decision could mean not only more interest from American businessmen to invest in Nepal but also more American tourists to visit the country.

“The Sep 6 decision of the US State Department would certainly help in disseminating positive information about our country to the world,” he said.

He added that while Nepal would now work to expand its cordial relations with the US, this does not mean that the country would abandon its relations with its neighbors such as China to the north and India to the south.

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