'UNMIN dragged into controversy to stall peace'

DANG: Unified CPN-Maoist Central Committee member and Foreign Department chief Krishna Bahadur Mahara today claimed that the government was conspiring to send the UNMIN back by dragging it into controversy.

Speaking at a press meet organised in Ghorahi, he said, "The government is trying to send the UNMIN back without providing a logical conclusion to the peace process."

Stating that the data of PLA combatants who were classified as qualified and disqualified was already with the UNMIN and the Peace Ministry, he said it was meaningless to ask for the data again with UNMIN.

"We have been regularly informing the UNMIN and UNMIN too has been informing the government about the combatants who left the cantonments."

He also claimed that UNMIN was pulled into dispute as India did not like UNMIN in Nepal. "That's why the government is trying to intervene in UNMIN's activities," He said.

Mahara also said that the statute drafting and the combatants' integration process had to be carried out simultaneously.

He also accused ministers of the current government of drifting away from the constitution drafting process.

"Government should manage and coordinate the activities required for the constitution drafting process," he said.

Stating that the nation would be dysfunctional if the constitution was not drafted within the deadline, he said, "Efforts are on to enforce a regressive constitution which Maoists and people are not going to accept."

Then the nation would head towards confrontation, he added.