KATHMANDU: The Prime Minister-headed Special Committee on Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of the UNMIN-verified Maoist combatants today reached an understanding on the modalities of the chain of command and control of the combatants living in 28 camps.
Barshaman Pun “Ananta”, one of the members of the eight-member Special Committee, told mediapersons that the Maoist combatants would come under the chain of command and control of the Special Committee, which will have its separate secretariat to execute the decisions on supervision, rehabilitation and integration. He said today’s meeting moved ahead in a positive direction.
The Special Committee, according to Pun, will give regular instructions to Nanda Kishor Pun “Pasang,” commander of the UCPN-Maoist’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and he will directly report to the Special Committee.
Besides bringing the PLA combatants under its chain of command and control the Special Committee will also supervise the physical facilities of all the camps and provide logistic support to the combatants as per the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
JP Gupta, another member of the Special Committee, told this daily that the High-Level Political Mechanism, headed by Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala, would decide the number of Maoist combatants to be integrated into the national security force. There are over 19,000 UNMIN-verified Maoist combatants.
The exact number of the combatants to be integrated into the national security force would be discussed at a meeting of the HLPM scheduled for tomorrow.
A source close to the Special Committee said Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal told the committee members that he would not be participating in the HLPM as an invitee.
A meeting of the HLPM held last time had decided to include the PM as an invitee member. UCPN-Maoist chairman Prachanda and CPN-UML president Jhalanath Khanal are members of the HLPM.
Gupta said the Special Committee also finalised the Code of Conduct for the Maoist combatants. According to the understanding, the PLA fighters will not be allowed to carry the party flag and they will not give a guard of honour to the party leaders and other symbols reflecting the Maoist party will also be removed from the camps.
“However, the Maoist combatants will carry the identification card and tags given by the UNMIN,” Gupta said. Maoist leader Pun said the PLA’s existing chain of command would remain unchanged and its military commander would directly report to the Special Committee.
Pun also said they had almost finalised the action plan about the supervision, rehabilitation and integration of the Maoist combatants, which was presented by the Prime Minister a few weeks ago.
Pun said they revised the action plan in accordance with international standards.
Chief Secretary Madhav Prasad Ghimire said the meeting finalised the Code of Conduct and chain of command and control of the Maoist combatants to be exercised by the Special Committee. Ghimire said the next meeting would be held on Thursday.