Dan Mazur and Krzysztof Wielicki on the summit of Island Peak.
Hello EverestNews.com: I hope you all are well. Today is a
sunny, lucky, and peaceful day in warm, dry, and quiet Kathmandu, as the 7
Nepalese political parties have agreed to let the formerly dreaded "Maoists"
join the election process, with elections to be held in April. In return, the
"Maoists" have agreed to keep their weapons locked up in a secure facility
guarded by UN troops. The Nepalese army has agreed to lock up the same number
of their own weapons, also guarded by UN troops. Today you could see the
smiles of hope on local people's faces as everyone came out on the street and
walked around with their families and children. They huddled in small groups
to read the newspaper, which carried the oversized headline: "PEACE IN OUR
TIME". It might be a big step for democracy in Nepal. Let's see if it sticks.
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