[Years after the abandonment of the revolutionary people’s war, in exchange for false promises, the illusory “gains” have proven empty and are losing their remaining adherents. — Frontlines ed.]
The Kathmandu Post: “993 combatants choose integration in 3 days”
KATHMANDU, SEP 08 – Altogether 993 former Maoist combatants have filled up forms for integration in the seven main cantonments by Saturday. The selection process began on Thursday.
Many of the 3,123 ex-fighters, who were initially waiting for integration, have complained that the age criteria set by the Special Committee forced them to change their priority. The Special Committee has said only those combatants who were born before May 24, 1988 are eligible to opt for integration.
So far, 202 ex-combatants, including 12 females, have filled up integration forms at the Third Division based in Chitwan. Similarly, 171 have expressed desire to go for integration at the Fourth Division, Nawalparasi; 234 at the Sixth Division, Surkhet; 106 at the Fifth Division Rolpa; 99 at the Seventh Division, Kailali; 82 at the First Division, Ilam and 99 at the Second Division, Sindhuli, according to the Directorate of Public Relations of the Nepal Army. The former fighters willing to join in lower ranks can fill up integration forms until September 30 and the result will be announced on October 7, according to the Special Committee Secretariat. The selection for commanders eyeing the officer ranks in the Nepal Army will start on September 12 in Chitwan. Continue reading
PLA soldier being discharged from a UN-supervised camp and offered "rehabilitation"
Himalayan News Service, 2010-12-02
Integrate half of combatants: Maoists
Kathmandu: Unified CPN-Maoist revealed on Thursday that the party had proposed to the Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants to integrate half of the total number of combatants living in the cantonments into different security forces.
Politburo member and deputy commander of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Janardan Sharma said his party had proposed to integrate only half of the UNMIN-verified combatants and rehabilitate the remaining. He was addressing an interaction.
While UCPN(M) Vice-Chairman Mohan Baidya and other leaders and rank-and-file members have opposed integrating PLA soldiers into the former royalist Nepal Army, Party Chairman Prachanda has been a vocal advocate of the integration plan. Now the UCPN(Maoist) has announced that it will send 10,000 of the 19,000 PLA members to join the 96,000 member US and Indian-backed Nepal Army and other security forces. This is the same Nepal Army that committed tens of thousands of atrocities against civilians in a futile attempt to stop the advance of the revolutionary people’s war from 1996 to 2006.
The other security agencies mentioned include the National Armed Police Force, the Border Patrol and the Forest Security Force. The remaining PLA men and women would be given a “rehabilitation” package that includes education and job training. A number of PLA members interviewed by journalists have stated that they don’t need to be “rehabilitated” and want to continue the revolutionary struggle. Continue reading
[The UCPN(M) leadership is locked into the pursuit of leading a coalition or consensus government with the bourgeois parties, an elusive prospect which requires making a deal to integrate a few thousand members of the Maoist People’s Liberation Army into the army. The Nepal Army is resisting any integration of PLA soldiers as units into the army and seems to be calling the UCPN(M)’s bluff. The UCPN(M) wants the UN to stay to help cobble together a deal on the army and to share power.-ed]
Nepal Army Chief Gen. Chatraman Singh Gurung
Kathmandu – The Nepalese Army told the government not to extend the term of the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the first time the army has taken an official position over the political mission’s mandate, local media reported Saturday.
Army chief Chatraman Singh Gurung met Peace and Reconstruction Minister Rakam Chemjong late Friday to convey the army’s stand on the mission, which was created to support the peace process after the government and Maoist rebels signed a peace agreement in 2006, The Kathmandu Post said.
“UNMIN’s term should not be extended anymore,” Gurung said. “There is no conflict in the country, and the premise that there are two sides to the conflict no longer exists.”
Chemjong said the government had yet to make a decision on the mission, whose term was due to expire September 15, and would do so after consultations with political parties were finished. Continue reading
[This interview with Prachanda in the June 2010 Red Star continues to promote the illusion that the Nepal Army can be “democratized” by a new Maoist-led government. He says the party leadership will press to include the People’s Liberation Army as a “separate force” in the army, when in fact he has been engaged in intensive negotiations with the reactionary Nepali Congress and UML parties to integrate 3000-5000 PLA members (out of 19,000) into the army. He reaffirms that the party is not restoring the people’s governments in the countryside, and states that the main task is to take the peace process to the end. This is in direct opposition to the need to re-establish the people’s war and re-launch the new democratic revolution in Nepal-ed.].
“The Government Must Be Formed Under the Leadership of Our Party”
By Prachanda, Chairman, Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist
The Politburo meeting that was held for the long time has decided that it will lead the national united government. If it’s sure that the national united government will be formed, who will be the prime minister?
The politburo meeting has decided that national unity government must be formed under the leadership of UCPN (M). When the time comes to form that government our part will finalise about the leadership. We didn’t discuss it this time. The main focus is that the government must be formed under the leadership of our party. It’s the party that counts not the person.
Your party has been demanding the formation of national united government. There are talks of majority government too. Are both the options open?
Both of the options are open. But, we also discussed about the possibility of the national unity government in the politburo meeting. We came to the conclusion that the possibility of a national unity government is getting weaker. Taking this situation into account, we have decided to remain prepared for both options. Continue reading