Arms management must for restoring peace: PM

CHARIKOT: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal today said the peace process would not end logically until the management of Maoist arms and armies was accomplished.

Addressing the seventh district convention of the CPN-UML in Charikot of Dolakha, Nepal said the onus was on the UML-led government to restore peace in the country. He said the constitution writing process would be in a quandary in case the arms and armies of the Maoist were not managed soon.

As usual, Maoist supporters greeted the PM with black flags. PM Nepal claimed that the new constitution would be readied in next five-and-a-half months. The premier noted that the former rebels were yet to improve in their dealings, since they had not fully given up their wartime strategies. He reminded how the former rebels had been preoccupied, since they had waved black flags even during an internal programme of another party.

"No party should be obstructed from performing their activities. The Maoists need to watch the activities of their cadres," he said. Stating that the UCPN-Maoist should not be allowed to take part in a general election without managing its weapons, the PM accused Prachanda of inciting cadres to indulge in such kind of activities. He said Prachanda had been envious of his visits and inaugurations.

"From now on, I will send Prachanda to programmes that I am invited to," Nepal pilloried. UML general secretary Ishwor Pokharel welcomed new entrants to the UML by abandoning their parties. UML politburo member Pashupati Chaulagain and leader Ananda Pokharel were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, at another function in Okhaldhunga, PM Nepal said that there was no alternative to consensus among political parties in order to resolve the political impasse. Speaking at the inaugural function of Rumjatar festival, he urged the UCPN-M to come to consensus. Claiming that declaration of autonomous states would lead to fragmentation of the country he asked the Maoists to withdraw their declaration. The PM also blamed the Maoists were making all efforts to capture state power, He however, maintained that army integration row would end soon.

Meanwhile, at another function in Okhaldhunga, PM Nepal said that there was no alternative to consensus among political parties in order to resolve the political impasse. Speaking at the inaugural function of Rumjatar festival, he urged the UCPN-M to come to consensus. Claiming that declaration of autonomous states would lead to fragmentation of the country he asked the Maoists to withdraw their declaration. The PM also blamed the Maoists were making all efforts to capture state power, He however, maintained that army integration row would end soon.