Dr takes pride in putting an end to “one state, two armies” scenario
He has said that while certain “technical” issues remain, the momentous task of army integration was complete.
In a special address to the nation Thursday evening, Dr. Bhattarai also said that there was now an environment to promulgate the constitution within the stipulated deadline of May 27.
The government and parties had following a decision of the Special Committee for the Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants reached a deal that paved a way for integration.
The army has since taken responsibility of the security of all the cantonments as well as the over-9,000 combatants and more than 3,000 weapons locked in containers located inside the camps.
Maoist commanders and combatants have co-operated with them.
Prime Minister Bhattarai said the peace process was at its “historic peak”, and that it would not have been possible without the “flexibility” of the Maoist party, the “responsible” outlook of the Nepal Army, and the “wisdom” of the political parties and the ‘People’s Liberation Army’.
He “saluted” the PLA and said it was the one group which had contributed the most towards taking the country towards a republic. He said their “greatness could not be expressed in words”, and that their “sacrifice” had enabled a “progressive constitution”.
Dismissing the possibility of either an “incomplete” or a “federal-less” or a “reformed 1990” constitution, he said the new constitution would incorporate values of “republicanism, federalism, secularism, inclusion and democracy”.
Defending his seven-month stint in office, he said when he took over there were concerns that Nepal may fail to complete the complex tasks of peace and Constitution writing and become a “failed state”.
“Now, the mistrust between the parties is fading away and there is more trust…The country has again moved to creative and constructive politics.”
Published Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2012 | 01:36 AM