Kathmandu, September 17
Madhav Kumar Nepal, the chairman of the CPN-Unified Socialist, a member of the ruling coalition, says his party has set seven conditions to get the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact endorsed through parliament.
Of late, the MCC deal signed between the governments of Nepal and the US has been a bone of contention in national politics and many fear the issue could divide the ruling alliance too. In this context, Nepal, while inaugurating the central office of his newly registered party, revealed seven conditions to endorse the deal in parliament, which is a pre-requirement of the deal’s implementation.
According to him, these are the conditions:
- The deal is not a part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy or any security or defence strategy of the US government.
- The deal respects an independent foreign policy based on the principals of Panchasheel and non-alignment.
- The deal will not jeopardise the security of neighbouring countries.
- Nepal owns and holds the sovereign right over the projects launched under the deal.
- Nepal owns the intellectural property related with the project.
- Nepalis get employment opportunities in the projects.
- Nepal’s Office of the Auditor-General should audit the accounts.
Meanwhile, Nepal claimed the dispute would not dissolve the ruling coalition although efforts have been made towards that end.