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No revolt now, Nepal party tells diplomats
Publication Date : 28-09-2012
In the face of growing criticism over its use and threats of violence, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) yesterday said it will not immediately go for an armed struggle, but would participate in the next Constituent Assembly (CA) elections to be conducted by a new national unity government.
In a briefing to representatives of the international community, CP Gajurel the party's Vice-Chairman and chief of International Department, said the CPN-Maoist is in favour of peaceful resolution of current problems.
Diplomats representing more than a dozen-and-a-half governments and agencies attended the briefing.
Cadres of the hardline party were recently involved in the torching of school buses and are allegedly conducting extortion drives across the country. A section of the leaders in the party are reportedly preparing for a new armed struggle.
In the first briefing to diplomats after its split from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Gajurel said there is no immediate possibility of a new war.
"Taking up arms is the last resort for revolutionaries. To go into an armed conflict now is unnecessary. We are not stupid people," he said.
He said the party will concentrate on toppling the government and forming a national consensus one that will conduct the next CA election s. He stressed that PM Baburam Bhattarai should step down immediately.
The CPN-Maoist also pledged support to the Nepali Congress (NC) and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist in organising mass protests against the government. Gajurel said his party could also join a unity government.
Participation in the new government will depend on an agreement with the NC and the UML on the common minimum programme, he said.