THT 10 YEARS AGO: UNMIN trying to disarm PLA: Prachanda

Rupandehi, July 16, 2007

Maoist chairman Prachanda today questioned the motive of United Nations Mission in Nepal, alleging it was trying to pursue the Sudan model in Nepal to disarm the People’s Liberation Army soldiers.

At a press conference held by the Lumbini unit of the pro-Maoist journalist body — Revolutionary Journalists’ Association Nepal — here, he said, “We had agreed upon SSR (Security Sector Reform) in the comprehensive peace treaty.

We are apprehensive of the UNMIN’s policy. We fear that despite its claims to be working for SSR, it might follow the DDR (Disarmament, Demobilisation and Re-integration) process. The policy to disarm the PLA soldiers is unfortunate.”

He said the Maoists’ relations with the UNMIN would improve only after it clarified its policy. He claimed that while the first verification was on he found a suspicious UNMIN “document” that pointed to its intentions to follow the “DDR” model, implemented in Sudan, in Nepal. “As the document mentioned reducing the rebel forces by 40 per cent, it seems the Sudan policy will be pursued here,” he said.

A discussion among the Nepal government, eight political parties and the UNMIN representative Ian Martin is necessary to seek a solution to it, he said.

Meanwhile, addressing mediapersons in Kathmandu, Martin refuted the accusation that any UN agency was conspiring against People’s Liberation Army.

Parties told to clear hurdles for Verification II

Kathmandu, July 16, 2007

UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Nepal, Ian Martin, today asked the parties to carry out their responsibilities so that the stalled second stage of verification could resume sooner.

“It is serious, I am very concerned since we are not moving forward,” said Martin at a press conference at the new office of the United Nations Mission in Nepal in Birendra International Convention Centre complex.

Reminding that the Agreement on Monitoring the Management of Arms and Armies was reached between the Maoists and the then SPA government, Martin added, “It was they who agreed upon the criteria that UNMIN has to apply and it is their responsibility now to enable us to do so in a spirit of cooperation.”

Referring to his meeting with Maoist chairman Prachanda last Thursday, Martin said the Maoist leader wanted further discussions in the next few days before allowing the second stage of verification in Sindhuli to move ahead.

Prachanda indicated to Martin that the eight parties and the special committee of the interim government could also discuss the supervision, integration and rehabilitation of the combatants of the Maoist Army in accordance with Article 146 of the Interim Constitution.