-  Monday 27 January 2020

    UN protest as Nepal Maoists leave camps

     -  AFP

    Sept 15 2007 - Thousands of Nepal's former Maoist rebels briefly left their United Nations-monitored camps for a protest Friday, drawing strong condemnation from the world body.

    Around 5,000 uniformed Maoists left their camps in Nawalparasi for around two hours Friday to protest about their conditions and push for integration into Nepal's national army, their division commander told AFP.

    That was "a serious violation of commitments made in the agreement on the management of arms and armed personnel reached between the Maoists and their partners in the Interim Government," the UN said in a statement.

    About 31,000 people said to be former fighters are confined to 28 camps around the country as part of a landmark peace deal reached between the government and Maoists late last year.

    "We left the camps to put pressure on the government," division commander Pratikchhya said from the camps 130 kilometres (80 miles) southwest of Kathmandu.

    "The government has agreed to give 3,000 rupees (45 dollars) per month to each of our fighters but so far we have not received any money. We also want integration into the Nepal Army," he said.

    Nepal is due in November to elect a body that will rewrite the country's constitution and decide its political future, but peace deal violations could endanger the holding of the elections, the UN statement said.

    "Implementing the commitments in relation to the management of arms and armed personnel, without exception, is essential to ... preparing a free and fair atmosphere for the Constituent Assembly election," it said.

    Nepal's Maoists launched their "people's war" aimed at toppling the monarchy and establishing a one-party communist state in 1996.

    After the end of the civil war that killed at least 13,000 people, the rebels signed a peace deal and have been given seats in parliament and ministerial portfolios.

    Source : AFP
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