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Recruitment move by Nepali Army, Maoists worries UN

world Updated: Aug 04, 2010 12:23 IST
Utpal/HT Correspondent
Utpal/HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
United Nations Mission in Nepal

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has expressed deep concern at plans by Nepali Army and Peoples' Liberation Army, the military wing of Maoists, to undertake fresh recruitment.

In a press statement, UNMIN stated that any such move would violate the peace accord and Agreement on Monitoring and Management of Arms and Armies (AMMAA) signed by Maoists and Nepal government in 2006.

Earlier this week, the Nepali Army decided to fill 3464 vacant posts after the Supreme Court decided not to stay the recruitment process.

Citing this as violation of the peace accord, the PLA announced on Tuesday that it would recruit over 11,000 new cadres.

"We don't need to abide by the agreement if Nepali Army decides to breach it," said PLA spokesperson Chandra Prakash Khanal.

Nepali Army, however, maintains that fresh recruitment is being done to maintain the army's strength and it doesn't violate the peace accord.

"Recruiting any personnel, including for the purpose of filling vacancies is prohibited under Article 5.1.19 of the AMMAA, unless it has been agreed between the parties," the UNMIN release stated.