Nepal minister asks rebels to follow code of conduct
Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitoula has warned that if the Maoists continue to breach the code of conduct, a 'crisis of trust' might arise.india Updated: May 30, 2006 10:50 IST
Concerned over the killing of two persons abducted by the Maoists, Nepal's Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitoula has urged the rebels to abide by the 25-point Code of Conduct they reached recently with the government.
The minister also warned that if the Maoists continue to breach the code of conduct, a "crisis of trust" might arise.
Speaking at the House of Representatives on Monday, Sitoula, the coordinator of the government negotiation team, raised concern over the murder of brothers Shambhu Sahani and Shyam Shahani in Rautahat district, who were abducted by the Maoist cadres about a week ago.
"Continuation of violent activities may invite a crisis of trust and the murder of the Shahani brothers has created a serious situation," he said.
Urging the Maoists to abide by the Code, he also asked them to return captured and looted property to concerned owners and present themselves "in a responsible way."
CPN-UML MP Bharatmohan asked both sides to sign a peace accord in the presence of international agencies.
He also demanded the formation of a talks monitoring committee comprising Members of Parliament.
Another MP Homnath Dahal asked the Maoists to make public the names of all the persons in their 'labour camps' and to create an environment so that the insurgency-displaced people could return to their homes.
Meanwhile, the government yesterday freed 14 Maoists held in Sankhuwasabha district jail as per its commitment to gradually release all political detainees.