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70 former Maoist combatants commissioned as NA Officers; UN hails the step


KATHMANDU: In a major milestone and closure of the peace process of Nepal, 70 former Maoist combatants including four women were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants of the Nepal Army as part of the army integration process on Monday.

Chief of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi and Chief of Army Staff Gaurav Shumsher Rana conferred insignia to the newly commissioned officers during a ceremony organized at the Military Academy in Kharipati, Bhaktapur. They were commissioned as officers after completing the basic cadet course. The newly commissioned officers will undergo three-month bridge course before being deployed to their duty stations.

Regmi, Defense Ministry officials, representatives of the foreign diplomatic missions were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Regmi said Nepal has set an example in the peace process.

Of the 71 former combatants selected for Officer level post in the NA, one left the training in between. One of them is to become Colonel and two Lt. Colonels. They will be part of the NA’s new Directorate of National Development and Security.

Over 13,000 people were killed during a decade long armed conflict of the country. The Maoist party joined the political mainstream after leaving the bloody war in 2006 after the success of people’s uprising that ended the direct rule of former King Gyanendra.

Meanwhile, issuing a press release, the United Nations has expressed happiness over the successful completion of the integration of the former Maoist combatants into the state army.

A press release issued by the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nepal said, “The UN congratulates the Nepali people, all political parties, the government of Nepal and the Nepal Army for this step which marks the end of a historic phase of the peace process in Nepal.”

“Today I attended the Commissioning Parade of Officer Cadet Induction Basic Course at the Nepalese Military Academy of the Nepal Army at Kharipati, Bhaktapur,” said UN Resident Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick , “It marks a milestone in the Nepali peace process that began with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in presence of the UN in November 2006.”

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