Nepal Maoists Welcome Removal From US Blacklist
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Describing as a "positive development" the US move to lift the terrorist tag from their party, Nepal's ruling Maoists today said the Obama administration has corrected the "wrong" decision of the past and it will help improve bilateral ties.

Welcoming the move Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai said this has cleared doubts about the Maoists' commitment to peace and democracy.

"We have adopted the path of peace, democracy and constitution and the US move has proved that we are right," the Prime Minister said.

"It would encourage the party to stand firm on the cause of peace and democracy," he pointed out.

Bhattarai said the development was expected as the party has long back entered peaceful politics, emerging as the largest party in the Constituent Assembly and leading a coalition government.

"We welcome the decision of the US government to remove the terrorist tag from our party and we hope that our relations with the United States will move forward in a positive direction," Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha said.

"The decision taken by the US government earlier to put terrorist tag on our party was wrong and now they have corrected the move which is a positive development," he said.

He said the decision has opened new horizons of cooperation between the Maoists and the US government.

"We always wanted to maintain good ties with the US and they also treated us well... However, the terror tag had created an awkward situation, which has now ended," the senior Maoist leader pointed out.

His comments came a day after the US lifted sanctions on the Maoists and removed their party from the list of designated terrorist organisations, years after they had abandoned their armed struggle.
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