Prachanda ready to disband guerrilla army

As Nepal`s political parties struggled to reach a compromise, the Maoist chief said he was ready to dissolve the party`s paramilitary organisation.

Kathmandu: As Nepal`s political parties
struggled to reach a compromise on Thursday, the Maoist chief said
he was ready to dissolve the party`s paramilitary organisation
and facilitate the integration of its combatants in a bid to
end the standoff between the government and the former rebels.

Prachanda, who is also the supreme commander of the
Maoists` People’s Liberation Army, said his party was ready to
dissolve the para-military structure of the Young Communist
League (YCL), the youth wing of the party, within 4-5 days and
integrate and rehabilitate the Maoist combatants within four

"We’ll dismantle the barracks of the Young Communist
League within four-five days. We are ready to break the
relation of the party with the cantonments," he underlined.

Unified CPN-Maoist is also ready to return the land
and property seized during the decade-long insurgency as per
the demands of the other political parties at the earliest,
Prachanda said during an interaction with members of the civil
society in the capital yesterday.

Prachanda said the party was ready to categorise the
Maoist combatants by mid-June in a bid to speed up the
integration of the former rebels.

While the former rebels want an en masse induction of
some 19,500 former guerrillas, the ruling parties say the
Maoists inflated the size of the PLA and are entitled to have
only 3,500-4,000 combatants accommodated in the military.

Major political parties have asked the Maoists to
disband their para-military groups and turn their organisation
into a civilian party and return properties seized before they
could consider supporting a government led by the Maoists.

Prachanda also asked for the setting up of a
reconciliation commission to establish the whereabout of
nearly 1,000 people who went missing during the People’s War
and are feared to have been killed by security forces or the
former rebels themselves.

Nepali Congress, the second largest party in the
601-member Constituent Assembly, has asked the Maoists to
implement its commitments so as to end the political deadlock.

Sher Bahadur Deuba, the former Prime Minister of the
Nepali Congress, said though the Maoists commitments were
positive, they should put these commitments into practice.