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Former Maoists rebels to be rehabilitated by Jan '11

world Updated: Sep 15, 2010 16:37 IST
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If things go according to plans, nearly 19000 former Maoist rebels in Nepal could get rehabilitated or integrated into the country's security forces within next four months.

A decision to this effect was taken on Wednesday at a meeting of the special parliamentary committee created for rehabilitation of the former rebels.

The exact details of the integration process would be discussed at the committee's next meeting on Thursday.

Integration of former rebels into security forces and its modalities is one of the main issues delaying Nepal's fragile peace process.

While the Maoists want a sizeable number of combatants still residing in cantonments to get integrated into Nepal Army, other political parties and the Army itself is opposing such en masse move.

Nepali Congress leader Ram Saran Mahat told media persons that Maoists have agreed to bring the former rebels under purview of the special committee and complete rehabilitation and integration in four months.

The representatives at today's meeting agreed that the process would be complete within January 15, 2011 when the last extension given to the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) gets over.

Both Maoist rebels and the Nepal Army are at present being monitored by UNMIN as per the peace agreement signed in 2006. The UN body is set to get its last extension of four months.

Relaxing their earlier stance on manpower recruitment and arms procurement by the Nepal Army, the Maoists have agreed to allow essential appointments and purchases.

"We will not object to essential needs of Nepal Army for its operations," Maoist leader Barsa Man Pun told after the meeting.