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UNCLAS KATHMANDU 000958 SIPDIS SEPT FOR INR/R, R/MR, I/RW, I/REC; PA, SA/PD E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: OPRC, KMDR, NP, U.S-Nepali Relations SUBJECT: Media Reaction: Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's U.S.'s visit 1. "Western support" Editorial, "Kathmandu Post" (E/D, 5/106): "Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba returned home after...a historic and rare meeting with U.S. President George Bush. He obtained pledges of support from U.S. President Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair... The gesture, which President Bush extended in meeting the Prime Minister is symbolic of the U.S. commitment to help new democracies like Nepal root out terrorism and the causes that give birth to terrorism..." "But the western support should not be taken for granted. The western countries do not supply arms merely to kill one another but to help the terrorist affected countries help themselves by helping to hit out against terrorists and, at the same time, addressing the state machinery towards economic, social, political as well as infrastructure development..." "The Prime Minister's visit abroad has helped to highlight the destructive nature of the Maoist movement and why the government was more than justified in labeling the Maoists as 'terrorists.'" 2. "Deuba's foreign visit" Editorial, "Kantipur" (V/D, 5/16): "...The Prime Minister's visit should be considered successful in terms of receiving positive assurance for the security and development of the country. However, it will be a united effort of the people to get the country out of its adverse circumstances." 3. "Prime Minister's foreign visit" Editorial, "Himalaya Times" (V/D, 5/16): "...Prime Minister Deuba's visit has helped Nepal strengthen its foreign relations, present its factual situation to the international community and get assistance for its development programs... There is no doubt that the meetings with such top leaders as President Bush and Prime Minister Blair have benefited Nepal..." 4. "Deuba's U.S. visit: sympathy and support" Article, "Spotlight" (E/W, 5/17-23): "Prime Minister Deuba appears to have succeeded in drawing the West's support for Nepal's effort to crush the Maoist insurgency... The positive response from the U.S. government has boosted the confidence of the Deuba government. Similar pledges of assistance from the British government, too, have come at a time when the international community has been standing solidly behind the Deuba government in its fight against terrorists... This flurry of diplomatic activity indicates how Nepal's friends are coming out in full support of the kingdom in its hour of terrible crisis." MALINOWSKI
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