Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Peace Accord Signed

Earlier today the Nepal government and the Maoist rebel army signed a peace agreement, ending ten years of fighting. This article summarizes the details.

This article from the BBC offers a more revealing insight into the effect of this conflict on Nepal and the Nepalese people. As you can see, there is still a great deal of reservation about this agreement going forward.

In some ways, it does seem to good to be true. The Maoists stood for (and still stand for) the creation of a communist state. Does this mean that Prachanda, if elected, will attempt to overhaul the entire politico-economic system of Nepal? Would that even be possible?

And, we have to consider, what would a Prachanda-led country mean for the future of INGOs in Nepal such as Sam's House. Would we still be welcome?

Stay tuned.

CB

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