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Nepal’s hardline Maoists threaten to ‘revolt’ over peace deal

Maoists demand the scrapping of peace deal reached between main political parties.

Written by Agencies | Kathmandu |
November 2, 2011 5:31:32 pm

Top Maoist hardline leaders today threatened to “revolt” against a landmark pact providing for the integration of a limited number of former Nepal rebels into the security forces in a bid to push forward the stalled peace process and drafting of a new constitution.

Senior Maoist Vice Chairman Mohan Vaidya “Kiran” and General Secretary Ram Bahadur Thapa demanded that the peace deal reached between the main political parties be scrapped.

The leaders of the ruling United CPN-Maoist and its key supporter in the coalition,Joint Democratic Madhesi Front,along with the main opposition parties,Nepali Congress and CPN-UML yesterday inked a deal to integrate 6,500 of the 19,000 former Maoist combatants into the security forces and return properties seized during the decade-long civil war that ended in 2006.

Vaidya and Thapa slammed the deal,claiming it was a betrayal of the people and the country.

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“The Maoist leaders signed the agreement dancing to the tune of the imperialists by betraying the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) of the Maoists,the party and the general public,” Vaidya told reporters in the capital,calling upon the party leadership to scrap the deal.

“We will revolt from inside the party,but not let the party split,” he said.

“We swear by the martyrs,and the fighters who put their life at stake that their sacrifices would not go futile,” Thapa said.

The have warned to launch protests to oppose the pact. “We will go to the people to show our discontent,” Vaidya said.

Vaidya had earlier attacked Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai for signing the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with New Delhi during his four-day India visit last month.

In a landmark agreement,Nepal’s four major political forces agreed yesterday to conclude the stalled peace process within a month and to prepare a draft of the constitution.

As per the deal,a maximum of 6,500 former Maoist combatants will be integrated into the Nepal Army by creating a separate directorate,whose responsibility would be to carry out development activities,forest conservation,industrial security and crisis management.

Maoist combatants opting for rehabilitation will get a package of Rs 600,000 to Rs 900,000 for education,training and vocational opportunity while those opting for cash incentive under rehabilitation will get financial support ranging from Rs 500,000 to Rs 800,000.

Nepalese lawmakers on August 29 approved the extension of the term of the interim parliament by three months. The extended deadline for drafting the Constitution will expire by November-end.

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First published on: 02-11-2011 at 05:31:32 pm

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