The Nepal government on Thursday decided to request the opposition Maoists to stop training their cadres for a ‘decisive war’ aimed at toppling the present government.
In an informal meeting held at Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal’s residence, the council of ministers agreed that the training imparted by UCPN (Maoist) is against the comprehensive peace agreement.
“The paramilitary training being imparted to thousands of Maoist cadres would affect the ongoing peace and constitution drafting processes,” Information Minister Shankar Pokharel stated after the meeting.
He informed that security and police chiefs who were also present at the meeting have been instructed to ensure that the training programme of Maoists doesn’t affect peace and stability.
Since Saturday, UCPN (M) and its sister wings like Youth Communist League have been training thousands of boys and girls across Nepal on how to use khukuri, a traditional dagger used in warfare, and wooden sticks shaped as rifles.
Described as preparation for a ‘decisive war’ by some Maoist leaders, others say it would result in peaceful demonstrations against forces conspiring to prevent promulgation of the new constitution within the May 28 deadline.