Peace at the top of the world

This is the news that I and millions of other Nepalese were waiting for. War is officially over in Nepal. The government of Nepal and Maoist rebels have signed a historic peace accord, which ends the 10 years of fighting that killed more than 13 thousand people. This brings an end to the politics of bloodshed and starts a new peaceful era for Nepal.

Here is the full text of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (English)

This is what Prime-minister Koirala had said after signing the peace deal.

“Beginning today, the politics of killing, violence and terror will be replaced by the politics of reconciliation,” declared the 85-year-old PM Koirala who said he had put his entire political career at risk by venturing on this path of peace and democracy. “Being a democrat, I wanted to bring non-democrats into the framework of democracy. I was warned by many friends about the hazards of dealing with terrorists but I thought that bringing all under democratic framework was the duty of a democrat.”

Photo blogger Rajesh KC has put together the sequence of signing the peace accord; from preparation to the signing and the celebration in his blog entry The end of the war.
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Here is an emotional blog entry from from Dinesh Wagle, where he describes how it feels to see the end of the bloody war.

Staying away from home, I never had the first hand experience of how it was to live under the Maoist insurgency, but my heart always cried when I had to hear the news of bloody conflict claiming innocent lives and hindering the development of the country. I cannot describe in words the overly joyous feeling that I’m having right now. I can feel the invisible power that peace is bringing to Nepal. I join the millions of people at home and abroad who feel the same way and celebrate the peace at the top of the world.

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