Kathmandu: As uncertainty gripped Nepal
over prolonged political deadlock, the Maoists have threatened
to start new recruitments of their disbanded military wing,
raising fears that the country`s peace process may be in
The threat by the Maoists followed an announcement
made this week by Nepal`s Army that it would open recruitment
for 3,500 personnel as the United Nations expressed concerns
over the developments.
The threat to revive their now defunct People`s
Liberation Army was held out by the Maoists` strongman CP
Khanal who said that new enrolments by the Nepal Army were in
violation of the peace treaty.
Maoists disbanded their 19,000 strong guerrilla force
in 2006 after reaching a peace agreement with the government.
These personnel have now been confined to UN monitored camps.
The moves by the Maoists and the army has alarmed the
UN mission in Nepal (UNMIN) which has asked both the parties
to abide by the peace agreement. The UNMIN has been mandated
to oversee the peace agreement.
"We are deeply concerned at reports that the Nepal
Army, and the Maoist, plan to undertake fresh recruitment,"
said a statement issued by the UNMIN.
The UN said it had written to the government as well
as the Maoists to respect past agreements and to act in this
matter with good faith.
The Maoists threat comes as lawmakers in the country
have failed three times to elect a new Prime Minister with
both the UCNP-M leader Prachanda as well as his Nepalese
Congress rival failing to get a majority.
The lawmakers are to meet again on Friday for a fresh
bid to break the deadlock.