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Jimmy Carter Urges Nepal's Maoist Faction to End Violence

Monday, 01 Apr 2013 10:02 AM

KATMANDU, Nepal — Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday called on a hardline Maoist faction in Nepal to renounce violence in the run-up to general elections expected in coming months.

Nepal's political system has operated in a legislative vacuum since May of last year when parliament was dissolved after squabbling lawmakers failed to agree on a new constitution.

As part of a cross-party deal, Chief Justice Khilraj Regmi took over last month at the helm of an interim administration to oversee what will be only the second national polls since the end of a civil war in 2006.

Carter, 88, met leaders of major parties during a four-day visit and said he was assured by Mohan Baidya, the leader of a splinter Maoist faction that they would not resort to violence.

"He assured me that there would be no harm to other people but I noticed in the news this morning that three election workers were kidnapped for six hours," Carter said.

The Katmandu Post, a local daily, reported that members of the radical group abducted government officials in central Nepal on Sunday.

"Kidnapping is a serious crime. This violence in order to accomplish a political goal is completely contrary to the commitment that the people of Nepal have made in the last five years since the war has been over," said Carter.

Political infighting, which included a split in the ruling Maoist party last year, has complicated efforts to implement a plan to rebuild the country after its 10-year civil war, in which about 16,000 people were killed.

The breakaway Maoist faction has in recent weeks disrupted voter registration by damaging computers at election offices nationwide. The party on Sunday rejected requests for talks with the interim administration.

Regmi's 11-member Cabinet has not yet announced a date for elections, which political parties have agreed should be held by June 21. But Carter expressed doubt that the country would be ready for polls by June.

© AFP 2017

 
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