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Nepal Maoists return to hard line on troop integration

world Updated: May 15, 2010 00:54 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times

Change of stance by opposition Maoists regarding integration and rehabilitation of former People’s Liberation Army rebels continues to affect the fragile peace process in Nepal.

Two days after UCPN (Maoist) chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ announced possibility of solving the vexed issue within four months, the party did a flip-flop on Friday.

Maoist members of the special committee on integration and rehabilitation of the nearly 19,000 former PLA rebels abstained from a meeting to resolve the key issue that has brought the peace process to a standstill.

The Maoists who orchestrated a six-day strike earlier this month are demanding removal of the government and formation of a national unity government led by them before holding any talks on peace.

Worried at developments, the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has termed the need to arrive at a consensus among the parties as “extremely urgent”.

Entrusted with the task of monitoring arms and personnel of PLA as well as Nepal Army, UNMIN’s tenure has been extended six times till date. The last extension for a period of four months till September 15, 2010 came on Wednesday.