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Nepal Maoists will not hand over weapons: Top leader

A top Maoist leader in Nepal today underlined that the former PLA guerrillas will not hand over their weapons to the government till the integration process with the army is complete, a move likely to derail the stalled peace process after the exit of the UNMIN next week.

world Updated: Jan 04, 2011 20:31 IST
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A top Maoist leader in Nepal on Tuesday underlined that the former PLA guerrillas will not hand over their weapons to the government till the integration process with the army is complete, a move likely to derail the stalled peace process after the exit of the UNMIN next week.

C P Gajurel, the Secretary of Unified CPN (Maoist), said the weapons belonging to the Maoists' People's Liberation Army (PLA) will not be handed over to the government till the task of the army integration is complete.

Even as he said the Maoists were serious about the peace process and drafting of a new constitution, he warned that the Maoists will be go for a revolt if other parties try to hatch a conspiracy against these tasks.

The PLA will hand over weapons only after integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants concludes, Gajurel said in response to the government's call to surrender their arms as the UN agency tasked to manage the arms of the Maoists and the Nepal Army prepares to pull out on January 15.

The mandate of United Nations Mission in Nepal, which was established by the world body as a special political mission in 2007 to manage the arms and armed personnel of the Maoists and the Nepal Army, is set to expire on January 15. It has started the process to begin the pull out from the country.

The caretaker government has said it would monitor the 19,000 combatants and arms of the Maoists, who are presently housed in UNMIN supervised camps.

The government has asked the UNMIN to hand over the arms and ammunitions, ID cards of the former Maoist combatants and other logistics to the Special Committee comprising representatives from all major parties before the UN agency departs.

Amid efforts to find an end to deadlock over the formation of a new government, Nepali Congress spokesman Arjung Narsingh KC said his party will not withdraw its prime ministerial candidate unless the integration of PLA fighters is complete and Maoist youth wing's paramilitary structure is dissolved.

The withdrawal of the UN agency has sparked a row between the ruling alliance and the main Opposition, who want the term of the UNMIN to be extended.

The ruling alliance, which has accused the UNMIN of favouring the Maoists, has ruled out a rethink on the issue of the withdrawal UNMIN.

The Parliament's winter session is set for January 9 that aims to end the long-standing deadlock over the election of a new prime minister. The country has been in political limbo since the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Nepal in June 2010.

First Published: Jan 04, 2011 20:29 IST