Friday, June 02, 2006

Maoist rebels hold victory rally in Nepal.

Nepal: Thats what I call it, it seems that terrorism does pay in Nepal.

The rebels and the mainstream democratic parties, who are now in government, jointly organised protests in April that forced King Gyanendra to surrender the powers he had seized from parliament. They are now negotiating with one another for a permanent settlement, and most Nepalese believe the Maoist claim that they want to enter mainstream politics. Thousands of guerrilla fighters, many of whom had never visited the capital, were brought in by bus, but no uniforms or weapons were on display. Although the top leaders were not present, the crowd heard speeches from notorious guerrilla commanders such as Prabhaka, who are household names but had remained faceless until now. The lean, middle-aged man declared: "We are here to change the face of the country, and we are here with a peace proposal." Referring to the recent invitation to the United Nations to supervise the current ceasefire, the deputy commander of the People's Liberation Army said: "International institutions can supervise our weapons and our open military barracks and we welcome them." The Maoists' renowned "cultural groups" were also in action, performing song and dance routines with a "revolutionary" twist. Harker Maya Tamang, 22, who joined the Maoists four years ago, said: "I'm very proud to be part of this historic moment and I hope we never have to carry guns again." But she added: "Our fight is for a democratic republic, and we will fight again if there is a compromise." More than 13,000 people have died since the rebels launched their campaign for a communist republic 10 years ago. Since then they have changed their position to support multi-party democracy.
The same can be said in Philippine as Muslim rebel groups have gotten peace talks going thru terrorists.
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Friday said it is likely to extend peace talks with Philippine government after rebel negotiators doubted whether a peace agreement could be signed this year. Mohager Iqbal, chief MILF peace negotiator, said both sides might not be able to sign a deal by September because of several contentious issues on the ancestral domain and how the government and the rebel group would share natural resources in the strife-torn, but mineral-rich region. "The ball is already in the hands of the government peace negotiators. We have submitted our position and it is all up to them. We may not be able to meet the deadline to sign the peace deal and we will ask for an extension of the peace talks. We cannot see any peace deal by September, not even this year unless the government and MILF agreed on the proposals," Iqbal said. Manila earlier said it would sign a peace agreement with the MILF by September or before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. Iqbal said the MILF has submitted its proposal to the government peace negotiators, but they disagreed on the scope of coverage of the Muslim ancestral domain. "There are still some contentious issues and these are the scope of Muslim territories under the ancestral domain and how the government and the MILF would share the resources in these areas," he said.

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