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Published:June 16th, 2007 08:43 EST
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Meets with Prachanda the Maoist Leader of Nepal

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Meets with Prachanda the Maoist Leader of Nepal

By Subash Lamichhane

Mr. Jimmy Carter, the former president of United States of America meets with Prachanda during his four days visit to Nepal. The rebel group fought 10 years against the government in order to bring the political change and asking the Constituency Assembly to be conducted. After the April revolution two years ago, this reduced all the power of King Gyanendra and brought the rebel group to the political mainstream.

Talking to reporters after holding 50-minute long meeting with the visiting Former U.S. President who is here as co-founder of Carter Centre – Prachanda said, "We said we want to build good relations with the United States. We said it would be good if he took initiative to withdraw the terrorist tag."

Mr. Carter even questioned and showed his curiosity about the commitment of Maoists on December polls and Mr. Prachanda replied,” We said we would be happy to see the election conducted at the earliest. We have been fighting for a decade for Constituents Assembly.  Prachanda said to reporters that Mr. Carter even inquired about the activities of the Youth Communist League.  He mentioned that these issues were heavily exaggerated and corrections would be made if they were required.

Jimmy Carter discussed several problems regarding the Bhutanese refugees, the violence in the Terai part of Nepal and Maoist commitment to multiparty democracy.  Mr. Prachanda was smiling as he answered the questions forwarded by reporters and he told us that the meeting was successful.

Mr. Carter’s Visit has made a huge impact on the political scenario of Nepal.  His meeting with other leaders from different political parties may be fruitful as well.  He will be returning back home tomorrow afternoon.  Nepal is always thankful for his admiration to the Nepalese people and his commitment to see peace in this beautiful land.