Kathmandu, February 15, 2006 US ambassador to Nepal, James F Moriarty today warned that the Maoists will ultimately seize power if the Maoists and political parties successfully implemented Maoist leaders’ vision of a violent revolution and that will be disastrous for Nepal. Speaking at a talk programme here, the envoy also warned that Nepal will suffer more misery and bloodshed if the King and his government opted for more repression. He reiterated that reconciliation between the King and the parties was a key step towards peaceful resolution of insurgency and the constitutional crisis. He blamed both the sides to have viewed “the insurgents as a kind of bargaining chip in their ongoing struggles of wills.” Regarding Prachanda’s view on ‘parallel army and the parallel government’, Moriarty said it was a call to the political parties to join Maoists in an underground, violent struggle against the state — “a formula to expand bloodshed and misery in Nepal for the advantage of the Maoists, not to seek a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the conflict.” Reacting to Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai’s comment that “every revolution in history demands its quota of sacrifice if it has to succeed”, the US ambassador said, “Presumably, he is thinking of the final sacrifice other Nepali men, women and children have made or will be forced to make for his revolution.”

Nepal gears up to mark anniversary of Kyoto Protocol’s enforcement
Kathmandu, February 15, 2006 Nepal is set to mark the first anniversary of the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol by organising a series of programmes in the capital from Thursday. The Climate Change Network Nepal (CCNN), a network of non-government organisations - the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation (KMTNC), JICA Nepal, Practical Action Nepal, UNDP, Winrock International, WWF Nepal, Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), IUCN and ICIMOD - working in the field of climate change in Nepal today published the programmes to mark the anniversary of the Protocol’s coming into force. “We will soon launch a campaign to raise awareness among the general public about the direct impact of climate change andpossible benefit Nepal can take from the provisions of the Protocol,” said Sandeep Chamling Rai, the Climate Change Officer at the WWF Nepal Programme. Nepal submitted her instrument of accession to the Kyoto Protocol on September 16, 2005, which has unlocked Nepal’s possibility of reaping benefits from the Protocol. The fact that Nepal has entered successfully into the Protocol brings challenges ahead for both policy makers and implementing agencies like CCNN.