APR 01, 2012 KATHMANDU – As Nepal’s Peace process taking its final moments to integrate former Maoist combatants to the security forces of Nepal, Maoists have said they will send one of their division commanders in the proposed non-combat directorate of the Nepal Army.
Other six division commanders will however opt for voluntary retirement. The statement comes after an agreement between parties to hand over combatants choosing integration into the Nepal Army within April 12.
“We are yet to finalize the candidate but we will send a division commander to the general directorate to the rank of colonel,” said PLA Spokesperson Chandra Prakash Khanal Baldev. Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai have invited commanders senior to battalion commander for interaction in Kathmandu on Monday, according to him.
“The integration process will now move swiftly. We are busy in preparations to start the integration process,” said Khanal. The Special Committee is meeting on Sunday to take a decision on action plans and logistics regarding the integration process.
The cross-party committee on Friday had agreed to provide an opportunity to 9,705 combatants opting for integration in the regrouping to choose voluntary retirement or rehabilitation option. Khanal said around 6,500 combatants will be handed over to the Army and over 3,000 will choose retirement after the combatants are allowed to revisit their interests.
The Nepal Army has planned to set up an integration center to select combatants eligible to serve in its directorate as per the seven-point deal signed last November.
Source: KOL News