Nepal debates integration of Maoists in the Army

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Kathmandu, Oct 13: Nepali Congress Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel has rejected outright the option of integrating Maoist combatants into the Nepalrmy.

Nepalnews quoted him as saying that none of the Maoist cadres can be defenders of the nation and people cannot expect security from them.

Poudel also criticized the Maoists for ignoring the option of rehabilitating their combatants and continuing with only their rhetoric of integration.

"The Maoists are talking only about integration and forget rehabilitation as mentioned in the peace agreements," he said.

He also urged the Maoists not to politicize the Nepal army for their own interests.

He claimed that the Maoists were determined to impose a single-party authoritarianism on the country in the name of their so-called 'People's Republic' in Nepal, Kantipur reported.

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