Nepal notices that not all foreigners are tourists
A Nepali commentator notices that there are one too many cooks stirring up the peace pot.
At last count there were at least two dozen government and non-government outfits with the word â€˜peaceâ€™ on them like the Peace Secretariat, High-Level Peace Committee, Civic Solidarity for Peace and Citizenâ€™s Peace Commission.
The Americans have hired South African conflict expert Hannes Siebert to advise government officials, political parties and civil society. Britainâ€™s DfID has hired a slew of consultants for what it calls â€˜mitigation of conflict effectsâ€™ and has spent 4 million pounds to promote peace. DfID officials told us the money was used for â€œcapacity buildingâ€ in conflict resolution for officials, parliamentarians and civil society, research and conflict analysis and support for media.
The Europeans hired two experts to prepare a report on conflict prevention assessment two years ago and another expert is arriving next month. The EC is releasing another report on the conflict soon. [Nepali Times]
And its not just the Europeans and the Americans — Pakistan’s prime minister too was there a couple of weeks ago. He promised to provide arms and training to Nepali government forces.