Maoist rebels warn of Thai-like military coup
The Maoists have warned of a Thai-like military coup in Nepal if the Govt kept up its insistence on managing the arms of the rebels.india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 19:06 IST
The Maoists have warned of a Thai-like military coup in Nepal if the government kept up its insistence on managing the arms of the rebels before taking into account the weapons of the army.
"Military coup like one in Thailand would be possible if the government did not manage the arms of the Nepalese Army first," Maoist leader and talks team member Dinanath Sharma told reporters at Baglung in western Nepal on Wednesday.
He said raising the issue of Maoist arms was part of a "conspiracy" to keep the King in power even after the constituent assembly elections, the Himalayan Times reported on Thursday.
Claiming that peace talks were delayed due to foreign interference, he said the "US and India were conspiring to keep monarchy alive. The seven parties have become a mere dice in the conspiracy".
He said the upcoming talks would concentrate on restructuring of state and the Maoist army.
Monarchy is the main hindrance to peace talks, not the Maoists' army, he added.
His comments came as Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat yesterday said that upcoming high-level talks between Prime Minister GP Koirala and Maoist chief Prachanda should concentrate on the arms management issue.
The Maoists should quit arms and show commitment to multi-party democracy even before thinking about joining the government, he said.
Meanwhile, consultations are going on within the seven major political parties to finalise agenda for the summit talks slated for October 8 to settle key issues, including arms management, interim constitution, position of the King and date for constituent assembly polls.