Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nepal: Nepalese parties agree to complete army integration by Nov 23

Source: IRNA

New Delhi, Nov 15, IRNA -- Nepal's three major parties, including ruling Maoists and opposition NC, Monday sought early implementation of a seven-point power-sharing pact and agreed to complete integration of former rebel combatants with army by November 23.

'We agreed to conclude the Maoist combatants' integration by November 23,' the PTI reported, quoting Nepali Congress (NC) Vice President Ram Chandra Poudyal said after a key meeting of the parties at the Singh Durbar secretariat.

Maoist Chief Prachanda, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala and CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal attended the meeting, which also agreed to expedite the implementation of the seven-point agreement by setting up a timetable.

Under the seven-point pact, the major parties agreed to integrate up to 6,500 Maoist combatants with the Nepalese the security forces by forming a separate directorate under Nepal Army.

As per the deal, the Maoist combatants fulfilling the criteria of the army will be recruited for the purpose of serving in industrial security, development and construction works and disaster relief.

The meeting also urged the Maoists to implement other agenda of the pact such as returning the property seized by the former rebels during insurgency and dissolving the Young Communist League, the paramilitary organisation of the party, Poudyal said.

During the meeting, matters relating to peace process, Constitution-drafting and formation of a national consensus government were discussed, he said.

The leaders participating in the meeting also agreed to make efforts to minimise differences among the parties, he said.

The major parties had recently agreed to setting up an expert's panel to sort out issues relating to the form of governance, electoral process and federal structure through Constitutional amendment so as to expedite the Constitution-drafting process.

The Maoists have floated the idea of a presidential form of governance while the Nepali Congress has proposed a Prime Ministerial system under which Premier is elected through Parliament with majority votes