`No integration of Nepal`s ex-Maoist guerrillas`

Last Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 00:50

Kathmandu: The Communist-led government
in Nepal today underlined its determination to implement the
crucial five-point pact that paved the way for the extension
of parliament`s term, but ruled out en masse integration of
the former Maoist combatants into the national army.

"Both the government and our party (CPN-UML) is
committed to implement the agreement," said Bishnu Poudyal,
the Defence Minister and senior leader of CPN-UML, which leads
the coalition that includes the Maoist party.

The last-minute agreement on May 29 between the main
political parties -- and CPN-UML, CPN-UML and main opposition
Nepali Congress - paved the way for the extension of the term
of the 601-member Constituent Assembly by three months, to
conclude the peace process that include handing over of
Maoists arms and integration of their combatants and
completing the first draft of the constitution within the
extended period.

Poudyal said the government is determined to conclude
the fundamental elements of the peace process by September 1.
It means regrouping of the former Maoists combatants
to be integrated into the army and handing over their arms to
the government.

The Defence Minister, however, ruled out the bulk
integration of the 19,000 Maoist combatants into the national
army.

The government cannot accept the concept of
integration of the combatants in bulk, he said.

He made it clear that those who wish to be integrated
into the army should first meet the criteria set by the Nepal
Army. Poudyal said the former Maoist combatants can be
integrated into four types of organisations - security,
natural disaster, development works and industrial security
purposes.

At the same time, the Defence Minister wanted the
Maoists not to forget the past agreements related to the peace
process. He wanted the former rebels to implement them.

Earlier this week, the Maoists handed over their
weapons as part of a deal to end the dual security system for
the top leaders of the former rebels.

The agreement to end the dual security is part of a
process to push forward the 2006 stalled peace process in the
country.

The Army Integration Special Committee (AISC), which
is tasked to look into issues of the integration of the former
Maoist combatants into the security forces, decided to remove
Maoist personnel from the security of senior Maoist leaders.

Nepal Maoists, who ended their decade-long civil war
in 2006, emerged as the single largest party in the 2008
Assembly election.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 00:50

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