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Nepal to free minor soldiers

world Updated: Dec 16, 2009 23:58 IST
Utpal Parashar

Three years after the end of the civil war in Nepal, an United Nations monitored action plan was signed in Kathmandu on Wednesday to release nearly 3,000 minor Maoist soldiers who have been languishing in barracks.

The plan signed by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Nepal government and two UN representatives specifies that the children would be released within a specified time of 40 days from December 27.

After their discharge from the barracks, where they are staying since 2006, the minors will be provided education, health, business and vocational training by UN bodies to lead a normal life away from violence.