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US Alerts to Travel Nepal
By Anil Giri
Kathmandu Correspondent
Gatherings of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

As protracted political deadlock continues in Nepal, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the potential risks of traveling to Nepal and urges caution when traveling in that country."The US government''s designation of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) as a ''Specially Designated Global Terrorist'' organisation under Executive Order 13224, and its inclusion on the ''Terrorist Exclusion List'' pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, remain in effect," the State Department said in a travel alert issued yesterday.

"These two designations make Maoists excludable from entry into the United States without a waiver and bar US citizens from contributing funds, goods, or services to, or for the benefit of, the Maoists," it said.

Warning American nationals of the potential risks of travelling to Nepal, the State Department said it remains concerned about the security situation in Nepal.

"US citizens are urged to obtain updated security information before travelling and they should be prepared to change their plans on short notice," it said.

It advised US citizens that the potential remains for spontaneous demonstrations and political unrest, which could escalate into violence.

"You should stay current on media coverage of local events and be aware of your surroundings at all times," it said.

The State Department spokesman also urged all political parties in Nepal to resolve their differences.
Nepal is being run by a caretaker government for over six months following Premier Madhav Kumar Nepal''s resignation under intense Maoist pressure. So far, the Constituent Assembly of the country has not been able to elect a new Prime Minister.

"We are continuing to encourage the (Nepal) government to do everything it can to resolve the situation," P J Crowley, the State Department spokesman, told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday



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Anil Giri serves as Kathmandu Correspondent for The Seoul Times.As a journalist he has worked for such news media as Annapurna Post, BBC, and Himalayan Times for years. He finished his both undergrad Economics degree and his MA degree in English Literature at Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu. He also holds a diploma in Development Journalism from prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication-IIMC, New Delhi, India.

 

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