UNMIN’s monitoring doubtful: Minister

KATHMANDU: Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Rakam Chemjong today said the UNMIN’s monitoring process was not without doubt, following the Kapilvastu incident.

“Kapilvastu incident has shown that the monitoring of UNMIN is ineffective,” Chemjong told the Reporters’ Club here today. It was the first time the Maoist combatants left the camp with arms in such a large number, he said.

Minister Chemjong said there was a separate team for the security of Maoist leaders, and added the issue

would be raised in the UNMIN’s Joint Monitoring Committee. He said the government had handed over the errant fighters to the UNMIN in order to ease the conflict management process as per their request to probe into the issue.

The minister said the disqualified fighters could not be discharged as planned since the Maoists had failed to send their representatives.

The process of discharging the unfit fighters would have been concluded in the next two months, had the Unified CPN-Maoist extended cooperation, he added. “Without the support of the UCPN-Maoist we can complete neither integration nor rehabilitation of the fighters.”