PLA verification soon: Wilhelmsen

Kathmandu, July 23:

Chief Arms Monitor of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), General Jan Erik Wilhelmsen, today said the second phase of verification of Maoist combatants in Sindhuli could begin any time now.

Emerging from a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee (JMCC), he said problems that had surfaced in the verification process have now been sorted out.

The JMCC meeting, however, did not decide on when to begin the verification in the cantonments in Sindhuli.

“We discussed the verification process and had three cases of complaints, but they are normal agenda for such a meeting. We have agreed upon the verification process,” he said. “There are some practical matters about timing and some logistics. There is no more hindrance. I assure you,” he added.

The Deputy Commander of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army, Nanda Kishor Pun, said that the JMCC today held discussions on discharging from the Maoist camps those personnel disqualified during the verification process.

He also said that the JMCC would review cases of some “limited number of those disqualified Maoists”.

Hutments built

DAMAK: Twenty-one hutments have been constructed in the Maoist Peoples’ Liberation Army

first divisional headquarters main camp at Chulachuli of Ilam and 28 hutments in its sub-camps at Danabari of Ilam and Tandi and Yangsila of Morang, divisional commander Parwana said on Monday. — HNS