‘Nepal begins process to return seized properties’

This is a key step to push forward the stalled peace process.

Updated: Sep 12, 2011, 23:22 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal`s Maoist-led government
has directed local authorities to return the properties seized
by the former rebels during a decade-long insurgency in the
country, a key step to push forward the stalled peace process.

The Home Ministry has directed all regional
administration offices to immediately start implementing the
government’s decision to return the property seized during the
civil war that ended in 2006 following a peace accord.

"The ministry has written to the regional offices to
direct the district administration offices under their
jurisdiction to enforce the decision," an unnamed official was
quoted as saying by Republica online, the website of the My
Republica newspaper today.

"The ministry will prepare a more specific plan of action
to implement the decision and send the plan to the regional
offices," he said.

According to a senior official, the ministry issued a
circular on Friday to all five regional offices following the
decision of the new coalition led by the UCPN-Maoist party to
return all private and public properties seized by the former
rebels.

The government`s move to return the seized properties
within three months comes amid mounting pressure on the new
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to show concrete results on
the delayed peace process.

It is aimed at gaining the confidence and cooperation of
the political parties to conclude the peace process, including
the drafting of a new constitution that has been delayed due
to deadlock in the country.

PTI