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Frustrated ex-Maoist guerrilas demand resumption of integration process

A soldier of Nepal's People's Liberation Army (PLA) walks in front of a Maoist camp at Shaktikhor cantonment in Chitwan, about 160 km (99 miles) south of Kathmandu, February 3, 2012. The first group of the 7,365 former Maoist rebels who opted for voluntary retirement instead of being integrated into the Nepali security forces were discharged on Friday. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A soldier of Nepal's People's Liberation Army (PLA) walks in front of a Maoist camp at Shaktikhor cantonment in Chitwan, about 160 km (99 miles) south of Kathmandu, February 3, 2012. The first group of the 7,365 former Maoist rebels who opted for voluntary retirement instead of being integrated into the Nepali security forces were discharged on Friday. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

DHANGADI: The former PLA combatants opting for integration have demanded that the government begin the integration process immediately as per the line of the Comprehensive Peace Accord and Interim Constitution.

Organizing a press meet, the former combatants of the PLA Seventh Division, Talbandh, Kailali, made such demand.

The army integration process has been stalled for a week as debates surfaced over different issues regarding the former Maoist combatants’ integration into the Nepal Army.

The combatants have said that they should be provided with economic package in lump sum for voluntary retirement if there was no dignified integration into the national army.

The former combatants have also expressed their readiness to opt for rehabilitation package.

The former combatants have asked the government to make the UNMIN verified age a base for their integration.

A total of 315 combatants have chosen integration option in the seventh division. RSS

Published Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 | 11:32 PM

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