US list Nepal Maoists as terrorists

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Washington, Apr 22: The United States has listed Nepal's Maoists a terrorist group, saying will follow the US law as appropriate. Replying to a question, State Department's Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey yesterday said, I'm not sure what, if any discussions might be going on in that regard. As you know, there are legal criteria that are involved here.

I'm sure to the extent that any movement ends its association with terrorism and can do so in a way that would match those or meet those legal hurdles, that we'd certainly take a look at it. But I can't tell you at this point whether there is, in fact, an ongoing review related to Nepal, he said. The former Maoist rebels - now known as the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) won majority in the recently held national elections and are soon to become part of the Nepalese government.

Casey explained that we have -- an organisation being placed on the list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organisations has legal requirements that are placed on us. We have to honour those legal requirements and we'll certainly do so in the case of Nepal.

Certainly, to the extent you have an organisation that moves away from violence and terror, and participates in a political process and engages in those kinds of legitimate activities, you know, that would certainly, I think, give people an opportunity to at least look again at that situation and at that organisation, Casey said.

The State Department official, however, made it clear that at this point, you know, there's no change in their status, and we'll follow the law as appropriate.

UNI

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