KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka has said that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement cannot be amended only for Nepal.
Addressing a program organized by the Office of the Consulate General of Nepal and Non-Resident Nepali Association in New York, Minister Khadka said the MCC was designed in a standard format and the agreement has been signed by both the parties. Khadka is currently in New York to attend the 76th session of the United Nations.
Minister Khadka said that if one of the countries urges to make amendments in the provision, it would have an impact on other countries that have signed the MCC agreement. "The moral issue is that we have already signed it. Why did we not look at it before the deal was made?” he asked.
Minister Khadka said that the grant came at the request of the Nepal government. He said that the project would be taken forward only if there was cooperation of all parties for this. “There are many issues in it. Social media made it controversial,” he said.
Stating that misinformation and disinformation have been spread at the grassroots level about the MCC, he said that the people voiced their rejection of MCC in Nepal based on the misinformation. “I was afraid of being assaulted because of MCC. Protestors are threatening to slash people who pass MCC,” he said.
“Nepali Congress was not alone in signing this agreement. The government was formed in collaboration with the Maoists. The agreement was signed by the Finance Minister only after it reached the Council of Ministers. There were also representatives from Maoists in the cabinet. If it was to be stopped, it should have been stopped then and there,” he said.