Parties fail to come to consensus on action plan yet again

N24, KATHMANDU: Parties came closer to consensus before failing yet again to endorse the detailed action plan army integration Monday night. Differences on training and ranks ruled out any breakthrough.

Former prime ministers Prachanda, Madhav Kumar Nepal and Krishna Prasad Sitaula met at the Prime Minister’s Office and had sorted out almost all the differences but it did not go any further than that.

Disagreements set in on the issue of endorsing the plan just yet.

“We agreed to endorse the action plan leaving mechanism to select combatants to serve in the Nepal Army and the period of training,” Bhim Rawal, a CPN-UML man, said.

He said “We could not reach any final decision after finding Maoists were reluctant to abide by the seven-point deal on entry and rank determination.”

Maoists declined to agree to educational qualification as the basis of integration. They also declined to mention standard norms and requirements recommended by the Special Committee.

“We have committed to let the army settle the issue as per seven-point pact. But other insisted we make the same commitment in different clauses,” Barsha Man Pun said,

Pun also said the process to vacate cantonments and hand over combatants opting for integration into the Army and arms to the government would be completed by April 12.

The failure to endorse the plan is likely to affect the integration deadline set by parties on Friday.

He said leaders were closer to consensus on slashing the duration of training and providing voluntary retirement.

Top leaders met for more than three hours to finalise the action plan ahead of the Special Committee meeting that started at around 10:20 pm.
Sitaula had said the parties had agreed to entrust the army the job of defining standard norms and ranks.

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