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International Crisis Group - Nepal's Maoists


Nepals Maoists: Their Aims, Structure and Strategy

Despite the Maoist rebels brutality and violence, there can be no resolution of Nepal’s conflict without understanding them, confronting their strengths and tackling their political agenda. Through both force of arms and force of ideas, they have emerged as a formidable political organisation, which will not be easily displaced. The unilateral three-month ceasefire they announced in September is welcome, though temporary and conditional. Now they will have to work hard to convince mainstream parties they can abandon their violent repression. The government’s refusal to reciprocate the ceasefire, however, encourages renewed conflict. There are encouraging signs that serious negotiations are possible, but the Maoists will rejoin mainstream politics only if they see sufficient advantages and are convinced they will not make greater gains by other means.

Crisis Group reports and briefing papers are available on their website: www.crisisgroup.org <http://www.crisisgroup.org>

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