Prachanda's CPN-Maoists still considered terrorist organization by US

The US still considers CPN-Maoist party led by Prachanda a global terrorist organisation and has warned its citizens of potential risks of travelling to Nepal.

The State Department has said in a travel alert issued today that "The US government's designation of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' organisation under Executive Order 13224, and its inclusion on the 'Terrorist Exclusion List' pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, remain in effect. These two designations make Maoists excludable from entry into the United States without a waiver and bar US citizens from contributing funds, goods, or services to, or for the benefit of, the Maoists,".

Warning American nationals of the potential risks of travelling to Nepal, the State Department urges US citizens to obtain updated security information before travelling. It also advices them that they should be prepared to change their plans on short notice. This is not a very good sign for Nepal Tourism and the Nepal Government which hopes to attract 1 million tourists to Nepal under the Visit Nepal 2011 program.