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Govt, Maoists to decide on arms management

The government and Maoists will reach an understanding on the arms management issue in a day or two despite a few differences.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 17:40 IST

The Nepalese government and Maoists will reach an understanding on the arms management issue in a day or two despite some differences between the two sides over it, a minister has said.

The government and Maoists would reach an understanding regarding the management of arms as well as to allow the UN monitoring team to help in the peace process in a day or two, said Ramesh Lekhak, Minister of State for Labour and Transport Management and member of the government's peace talks team.

He said the two sides would write a joint letter on the arms management and monitoring of the ceasefire Code of Conduct within a couple of days.

Earlier last week, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist chief Prachanda had written separate letters to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan seeking the UN engagement in various aspects of the peace process, including the arms management.

The government has urged the Maoists to isolate their arms from the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) before they join the interim government.

The Maoists' arms should be stored separately and their army confined to barracks before the constituent assembly elections, State Minister Lekhak said.

The government has also agreed to confine the Nepalese Army to the barracks during the polls.

The Maoists have said that they cannot accept separate treatment for the two armies.