HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The United States has welcomed recent developments in the peace process in Nepal stating that they were significant advances towards concluding the whole undertaking.
The handover of Maoist cantonments and weapons marks a milestone in the peace process, the US Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement today. “We applaud the national political leadership for their determination and statesmanship at this crucial juncture,” it said, calling on leaders of all political parties to continue to work together to complete the integration of Maoist combatants into the Nepali Army and drafting of the constitution.
“As a long-term friend and partner, the United States strongly supports Nepal’s commitment to peace, democracy, and stability for all its citizens,” the statement read. From Tuesday, Maoist combatants, their cantonments and weaponry have come under the command and control of the Nepali Army, as per a decision of the Special Committee (for supervision, integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants). Meanwhile, former foreign minister Ramesh Nath Pandey also welcomed the decision, calling it a ‘giant leap forward’ in peace-making. Pandey urged all to focus on statute-making.
India hails cantonment handover
KATHMANDU: India on Thursday welcomed the agreement on the handover of Maoist PLAs, their camps and weaponry to the Nepali Army. Issuing a statement, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu said, “We congratulate the Nepali leadership for the wisdom and spirit of consensus they have displayed to complete the remaining tasks.” It expressed hope that “Nepali-led and Nepali-driven political processes would be taken to their logical end within the timeframe agreed by the political parties, ushering Nepal into a new era of peace and democracy.”