12 Point Agreement Meaning

The chairman of the Nepal Workers` and Peasants Party, a member of the Alliance of Seven, Narayan Man Bijukkche, expressed serious concerns about the 12-point agreement between the Alliance of Seven and the Maoists. His concern was to place the Royal Nepalese army and the UN Maoist militia or another credible international agency in the elections for a constituent assembly, which he said could jeopardize Nepal`s independence and sovereignty. Nepal-based parties and Maoists have agreed on a fundamental alliance against the monarchy. The fact that they were speaking was not new: all parties kept in touch during the ten-year conflict. But this time, they have drawn up a serious agenda that provides the framework for a peace agreement. Their dialogue found India`s tacit support and the agreement was reached at meetings in New Delhi. With regard to many lucrative positions in the cabinet, in state-owned companies and ambassadorial positions, supporters of the royal regime are trying miserably to pretend that the understanding of the party`s rebels meant nothing and that there was nothing new. These people can only benefit from the current institution, and that is why they want it to hold up despite serious and legitimate questions about their legitimacy and constitutionality. Therefore, pro-palace politicians, intellectuals and former army generals do not miss the opportunity to denounce understanding in 12 points and do not insist that understanding has no relevance, since the “authority of the state” did not participate.

The authority of the state, which they are trying to keep at the centre of political events, has already repeatedly missed this opportunity. Let us not forget that it was the Doramba massacre of 18 Maoists and a civilian by RNA soldiers in August 2003 that derailed peace talks and forced the Maoists to return to the jungle. However, the parties did what the government formed after 1 February 2005, was unwilling to engage the Maoists in favour of a competitive multi-party democracy and to pursue a non-violent policy.