Royalist Thapa sees hole in the latest deal

N24, KATHMANDU: Royalist Kamal Thapa has hailed the way former rebels are handing over weapons to the state following a deal.

“It was a positive move though a delayed one,” Thapa said and added, “The country paid the heavy price due to the delay in the completion of the peace process. The delay mainly added to the chaos and impunity in the country.”

Thapa added that since a major chunk of the rebel outfit arty was still not satisfied with the decision, it would be premature to conclude that the peace process was heading towards a positive direction.

“I am still of the belief that there is the big question mark on timely drafting of the constitution. Even if constitution is drafted conflict will remain as it is because a larger section of the society will find their demands not addressed by the constitution.”
Indians welcome latest deal in what is an ominous sign

New Delhi: India Thursday welcomed the recent pact under which former Maoist rebels handed over control of their fighters and weapons to the Nepal Army and hoped that “the Nepali-led and Nepali-driven political processes would be taken to their logical end within the time-frame”.

“We welcome the agreement reached on April 10 in the constitutionally mandated Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) on taking forward the process of integration and rehabilitation of the former Maoist combatants in consonance with the past agreements,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here.

“We congratulate the Nepalese leadership for the wisdom, and spirit of consensus displayed by them to complete the remaining tasks,” he said.

“We hope the Nepali-led and Nepali-driven political processes would be taken to their logical end within the time-frame agreed by the political parties, ushering Nepal into a new era of peace and democracy,” said the spokesperson.

In a major step forward in Nepal’s peace process, the Nepal Army (NA) Tuesday took control of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA) cantonments, combatants and the weapons stored in containers inside the camps.

This followed a decision taken by the all-party Special Committee (SC) for the Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants.

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