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No unilateral dissolution by Maoist forces

A top Maoist leader has said armies of Nepal and Maoists would retain their independent existence until a new Constitution is formed.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 19:01 IST

A top Maoist leader in Nepal has declared that the armies of Nepal and the Maoists would retain their independent existence until a new Constitution prepares the structure of a national army.

According to Radio Nepal Friday, Maoist leader Dev Gurung, speaking at a face-to-face programme organised by the Media Group Nepal here on Thursday, said the question of any unilateral dissolution of the "People's Army" and surrender of their arms did not arise as long as the Nepal Army remained armed.

He was quoted by the radio as saying that both the "armies" would exist side by side.

He expressed the determination to take forward the peace process and holding the election to the Constituent Assembly by constituting an interim government.