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Mediating peace



At least four state parties and international agencies have offered intermediaries for peace talks between the government and the Maoist rebels. However, the government has not been able to accept the international goodwill and eagerness of the local rights activists to this end.

High level sources say that Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark and United Nations through its office of resident representatives have already approached the government with an offer to act as intermediaries. A few foreign governments are said to have directly approached the Nepali government, while others have requested local rights activists to play go-betweens. They have also extended support for the reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure if the present conflict ends through a peaceful dialogue.

Padma Ratna Tuladhar, an activist and a mediator at last year's failed talks between the government and the Maoists, confirmed the representatives of the aforementioned nations have promised financial and humanitarian support for reconstruction at the end of the conflict.

Tuladhar said the donor countries are keen on a peaceful resolution of the conflict in order to continue and complete the ongoing development activities they finance.

There are those who are adamant that foreigners should not be involved at this juncture when local efforts are being made. Tuladhar said Nepal presently lacks an independent neutral party that is trusted by both sides, so if the involvement of non-Nepalis can bring peace then we should accept outside offers to provide us with a mediator. The four countries that have volunteered intermediary roles have maintained neutral positions with respect to the present Maoist conflict and are not likely to provide military aid in the future.


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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