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Why we ended the ceasefire

Since the launch of our People's War ten years ago, we had said that war itself is not feasible but just a medium as our main aim was to establish a forward-looking government. Everyone knows about our initial 40-point demand (before People's War and then our three demands during two peace talks). But it was all due to lack of vision on the part of the ruling parties and subsequently the stubbornness of the monarch and his army that failed to even meet our ordinary political demands.

onsequently, the country and ordinary citizens have been the ones to suffer most. It was basically to respect the people's aspiration for peace and democratic republic, and also to show our sincerity towards a forward-looking political resolution that led us to declare our unilateral ceasefire on 1 September. This move has helped to bring to close the forward-looking political resolution in that the historical 12-point understanding has been developed between the parties and us. However, there has not been effective implementation of the understanding and political resolution due to the stupidity and obstinacy of the repressive forces.

There will obviously be the question as to whether extending or calling off the ceasefire can help bring close to political resolution. Our party believes that extending ceasefire further would only be damaging to democratic republic, peace and politicalprogress. The situation would have been different if there had been joint ceasefire and the king had accepted our 12-point understanding. Extending the ceasefire would not be good for the country and people at a time when the king and the royalists are actively opposing the understanding, escalating military offensive activities all around the country and making attempts to legitimise military rule through municipal election polls. It was this very situation that led us to end the ceasefire but not before informing everyone about it.

There is a need for every democratic republican to pay attention to some crucial points. As evident from failure of peace talks in the past and failure to reciprocate to our ceasefire, it is clear that the army will never support establishing democratic republic and favour constituent assembly elections as long as it remains under the king's command. The main reason why the king was able not to give in to heavy international or national pressure was because he has the army with him and that's the only reason. This only means that the main assault of democratic republic should be more on the army. It would be meaningless to attack only the royalists. As long as the army is around, there will never be peace and security for the people. All should seriously understand that democracy can never be established unless the royal army is de-established and replaced with a new national army. Another important point is that that the understanding can never be achieved by peaceful people's movement. Also, ordinary protests against the municipal election will not be enough because this is being held inside the barracks.

Important point is that we don't foresee any difficulties in implementing the 12-point understanding because this was conceived on the first hand with a common goal to end the regressive monarchy rule and establish democratic republic. There is no clause in the understanding which says that a ceasefire is a must to achieve our goal.

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)