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Violence may hit Nepal peace process: US

US Ambassador to Nepal James F Moriarty said that the peace process would not be successful as long as violence prevailed in the country.

world Updated: Apr 20, 2007 13:05 IST

The United States has expressed the fear that the peace process in Nepal may be derailed in the face of continuing violence, which could also impact the Constituent Assembly elections to frame a new constitution for the country.

US Ambassador to Nepal James F Moriarty said that the peace process would not be successful as long as violence and terror prevailed in the country. He said the peace process in Nepal has not moved forward at the expected pace.

Moriarty also said that Constituent Assembly elections could be conducted in a "fear-free" environment only after resolving the problems of agitating and "unsatisfied" parties through dialogue.

"Maoists must mend their ways; the government must unite all sides through dialogue and understanding," Moriarty added.

"The government, all political parties, various organisations and all concerned people should focus on inclusion through dialogue to resolve problems related to caste," Moriarty told mediapersons on Thursday after a visit to the districts of eastern Terai bordering India.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy has held up a visa for a top Maoist leader preparing to go to New York to participate in a UN programme among other activities.

Maoist Central Committee member Suresh Ale Magar is among 10 persons invited by the New York-based Asia Society to participate in a discussion on Nepal, "The Road to Peace", on April 25.

Though all the other members have obtained US visas and are flying today, Magar is still waiting for "clearance from the State Department" because his party is still a designated terrorist group and it's illegal under US law to issue visas to members of such groups, the Kantipur online said.