U.S. removes Nepali party from terrorist list

U.S. removes Nepali party from terrorist list
# 06 September 2012 22:55 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The U.S. State Department on Thursday removed the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN(M)) from its global terrorist list, saying the group no longer poses threat to U.S. foreign policy or its citizens, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"The Department of State has revoked the designation of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN(M)) and its aliases as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224, and as a ’terrorist organization’ from the Terrorist Exclusion List under the Immigration and Nationality Act," the agency said in a statement.

The move allows the unfreezing of all the party’s assets under U.S. jurisdiction as well as business transactions with it by U.S. citizens and companies without obtaining a license.

"After a thorough review, the department has determined that the CPN(M) is no longer engaged in terrorist activity that threatens the security of U.S. nationals or U.S. foreign policy," the department said.

"Additionally, in recent years, the Maoist party has been elected as the head of Nepal’s coalition government, has taken steps to dismantle its apparatus for the conduct of terrorist operations, and has demonstrated a credible commitment to pursuing the peace and reconciliation process in Nepal," it added.

The CPN(M) changed its name to Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in January 2009 when it formally unified with the Communist Party of Nepal (Unity Centre-Masal).

The Maoist launched a people’s war in February 1996 with a view to establishing a republic in the kingdom, and in 2005 it formed an alliance with other mainstream political parties in opposition to King Gyanendra, forcing him to cede power in 2006 to make way for the establishment of a republic in April that year.

The Maoist led a coalition government until May 2009.
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