Kathmandu: Nepali Congress is opposed
to the creation of a separate unit within Nepal Army for
integrating the Maoist combatants, with a top leader saying
the party is opposed to any "secret agreement" in this regard.
Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala raised
serious objection to Maoist chief Prachanda`s remarks that he
would expedite the army integration process as per the secret
agreement reached between Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal and
People didn`t know what type of secret agreement the
two leaders had signed regarding the army integration, Koirala
said and stressed that Nepali Congress cannot accept if they
were talking about creating a separate unit within Nepal Army
by integrating the Maoist combatants.
It would not be acceptable to the Nepali Congress if
the Maoists tried to take the peace process forward by
applying their own model by deviating from the past agreements
relating to the peace process.
The peace process should be taken to conclusion in
line with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and other
agreements signed with the past governments by the Maoists in
which the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) was a
witness, he pointed out.
The seven point agreement reached between Prachanda
and Prime Minister Khanal on the eve of the Prime Ministerial
poll includes among other things provisions for setting up of
a separate unit under Nepal Army to integrate the Maoist
combatants and sharing power between the two Communist parties
on rotational basis that sparked widespread criticism.
Koirala said that the peace process and the
constitution drafting cannot be completed by sidelining the
largest democratic party Nepali Congress.
The Maoists` attempt to conclude the peace process as
per their model cannot be acceptable to other political
parties, he pointed out.
The peace process should be concluded with the spirit
of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement by taking into confidence
other major political parties, he added.
Earlier on Saturday talking to reporters in eastern
Nepal town of Bhadrapur Prachanda had warned that the Nepali
Congress (NC) will be at loss if fails to assist the
government in the "peace process".