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"I want to give it another try"



. Everyone in Nepal knows that peace must be established in the country. Even the international community says so. But how do we do that? We can't use guns against the Maoists just because they are rebels. There should be efforts for peace, only then will the peace process begin. But there are no peace moves at the moment. I want to give it another try and be responsible for restarting the peace process. We cannot expect an environment for peace to appear spontaneously. We have to make it happen.

. There are many kinds of rebellion. Given the principles that the 'people's war' is based on and the phase it has entered, it would be wrong to think that it can be quelled by force. That cannot be done. It could take a long time, the government may be able to weaken it but not eliminate the problem.

. This problem has two parts: military and political. There are economic And social aspects in between as well. Even if the Maoists are militarily weakened, the political aspect will remain, their ideology can't be killed. It will keep resurrecting. To solve that permanently, dialogue is the only way.

. The adverse effects of the Maoist problem will not be limited to our country. Our neighbours will be affected, so will the rest of the world. There are 94 Maoists in the central committee and 15 in the politburo. That is perhaps why the government played down the handing over of the two Maoist leaders by Indian authorities.

. Talks are possible even if the present government that forced the Maoists back to the jungle, is allowed to continue. In politics everything is possible. We have neither opposed Surya Bahadur Thapa nor have supported him. I have this question to ask: why is someone who has been repeatedly unsuccessful brought to power? This is our country's bad luck.

. The king will not be successful if he allows unsuccessful people to run the country.

. l I am nobody's adviser. I say what I see. What we want is a democratic election where there is a level-playing field. How can elections be held when there is a group that is using guns? Until the political parties can move about freely, elections are not possible.


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