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US Encourages Nepalese King to Restore Democracy

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A US State Department official says the United States is facing a dilemma over helping Nepal's king fight a Maoist insurgency while encouraging him to restore democracy. Donald Camp told U.S. lawmakers that arguments can be made to cut military aid to Nepal until King Gyanendra lifts some measures he imposed when he took seized power in February. But Mr. Camp stressed that cutting the aid could allow Maoist rebels to make gains against the Nepalese army. He added that the United States is also concerned about human rights violations by both Maoist rebels and government forces in Nepal. The Maoists have been fighting since 1996 to overthrow the monarchy and establish a communist state. The insurgency has claimed more than 10,000 lives.
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