Army integration will be expedited as per agreement: Prachanda

Kathmandu: Nepal Maoist chief Prachanda on Saturday said the process of integrating the party's armed wing - Peoples Liberation Army - into the army will be expedited as per the agreement with the CPN-UML.

"The army integration will be piloted further as per the agreement reached with the CPN-UML," Prachanda told reporters at the eastern Nepalese town of Bhadrapur today.

Prachanda and Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal, who is also the CPN-UML chief, had last month reached a seven-point deal under which they agreed to set up a separate unit under Nepal Army to integrate the Maoist combatants, which was strongly opposed by other major political parties including the Nepali Congress (NC).

Besides, Prachanda also warned the NC that it would be at loss if fails to assist the government in the "peace process." He expressed confidence that the NC will help the government to accomplish the ongoing processes of peace and statute drafting.

Prachanda also said the names of the remaining Maoist leaders, who will represent the party in the current government, will be finalised soon.

Although the Maoists have been allocated eleven ministerial berth in the coalition government so far only four ministers have been appointed from the Maoists' side.