Activists concerned over ‘foreign involvement’

Kathmandu, September 18:

Five noted human rights defenders, issuing a joint press statement today, expressed concern over growing foreign involvement in Nepal’s conflict and they said that such activism could derail the ongoing peace process which has already slackened.

Human rights defenders including Padma Ratna Tuladhar, Daman Nath Dhungana, Mathura Shrestha, Devendra Raj Panday and Laxman Prasad Aryal appealed to the parties concerned to move ahead towards making a new constitution through an election to a constituent assembly and reactivate the stalled peace process.

Non-implementation of the 25-point ceasefire code of conduct by both the government and Maoists is equally a matter of serious concern, they observed in the statement.

They said that the Nepali people were hopeful of lasting peace in the country after the signing of the 12 and eight-point agreements between the Maoists and the seven party alliance and the five-point identical letter to United Nations for the management of arms and monitoring of the constituent assembly polls.

“But the latest activities being launched against the commitment to the five-point letter to the United Nations have encouraged the anti-democratic and reactionary elements to come to the fore,” said the statement.