Kamala Sarup: Peace Treaty And Peace In Nepal
Peace Treaty And Peace In Nepal
By Kamala Sarup
The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels signed a peace treaty to end 30 years of fighting. The peace process was initiated by Ahtisaari, a former peace broker in the Balkans and Namibia. Under the agreement, GAM fighters are to give up their weapons, and the number of Indonesian government forces is to be reduced sharply. Thousands of people cheered in Indonesia.
"This achievement has been possible only because both sides have committed themselves to a peaceful, comprehensive, and sustained solution to the conflict", Ahtisaari said. He emphasised the role of the new Indonesian government in the peace process.
A former southern Sudan rebel commander was sworn in to replace his late ally as first vice president and promised to pursue peace for all of Sudan, including bloodied Darfur and the restive east. The war claimed an estimated 2 million lives, mostly from hunger and disease.
"The peace process between North and South must be made irreversible – which it will not be, unless it takes root in the East and in the West as well," Mr. Annan cautioned at a ceremony in Khartoum attended by the new leaders of Sudan. "As an immediate priority, therefore, the Government of National Unity must work to resolve the conflicts in Darfur and in Eastern Sudan."
He further said "The first and most essential task of this new Government must be to ensure that peace extends to the whole nation, and that national unity, as prescribed in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, is made attractive to all of Sudan's peoples," he said. "To secure that peace, no effort must be spared," he added.
So we must learn from Indonesia and Sudan. Let the Maoist problem be solved by peaceful means. The politics of violence and killing will only destroy the country as a whole. Let the peace process start.
As we know this war will cause more damage to the economy so the government political parties and the Maoists should work together to restore the ceasefire and to resume the peace process as soon as possible. The ceasefire will help the economy pick up.
Lasting peace is needed for the development work. Violence and instability has pushed the country back to the 10th century.
Maoists, government and political parties should know as soon as peace is security is maintained it will have a positive impact on our development and tourism.
Nepal is a very important and proud independent country. We actually believe that Nepal has great inner strength. Nepal has prove to be one of the most important and one of the most loyal members of UN. So stable government is a necessity and peace and prosperity are commonly thought to be associated with stable governance.
Even, Nepalese people cannot trust leaders as they have persistently failed to deliver what they promised in the past. Their actions and words are often inconsistent. The political process failed to control corruption, reduce poverty and ensure security. Hunger for power is guiding political actions.
Now the priority of the King, the Maoists and the political parties must be to rebuild trust through collaboration, dialogue and collective action. We Nepalese can only benefit if there is peace.
Peace requires a vigorous interventionist policy aimed at spreading democracy. Democracy should ameliorate the problem of mass poverty. Democracy is a method of nonviolence. Democratically free people belong to independent and overlapping occupational, religious, recreational, and political subgroups, each involving its own interests.
Nepal's unique history is intermingled within a framework of tolerance, peace and humanity. The national characteristics of the Nepalese people are an important element in making Nepal a unique tourist destination. Tourism in Nepal can only flourish if there is safety and stability. The guaranteed security and political stability will be the key to the good prospect for tourism industry in Nepal.
Nepalese leaders should know unemployment, poverty, inequality, and social exclusion are at the heart of the explosive social conflicts.
Safeguarding Nepal's independence, national unity and sovereignty intimate relationship between the King, Political parties, Maoists and the people. Constitutional Monarchy and Democracy are the best solutions right now.
Kamala Sarup is an editor of http://peacejournalism.com/