Need for a clo­sure

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Aadesh Suriya Kath­mandu, Nepal

across Nepal await jus­tice. The new govern­ment should not dis­ap­point them.

Af­ter the elec­tion of the sec­ond Con­stituent As­sem­bly and the ap­point­ment of a new prime min­is­ter, Nepal is on its way to for­mu­late the coun­try’s new con­sti­tu­tion. The Nepali na­tion has suf­fered au­to­cratic rule for years and made many sac­ri­fices to in­tro­duce democ­racy in the coun­try. In the decade-long civil war, more than 15000 people were killed and an es­ti­mated 100,000 to 150,000 people were in­ter­nally dis­placed.

Now that the vi­o­lent phase is over and some sta­bil­ity has emerged, it is time to hold those people ac­count­able who were re­spon­si­ble for the blood­shed. It is es­ti­mated that 10,500 civil­ians and 3,000 Maoists were killed by the govern­ment. The time is ripe for the for­ma­tion of a new Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion to bring this sor­did saga to its log­i­cal end. It is hoped that Prime Min­is­ter Sushil Koirala will fo­cus his at­ten­tion on this is­sue. Hun­dreds of fam­i­lies

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