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Prachanda trying to woo commanders

N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU: Prachanda has informed commanders that opposition parties were positive on awarding the rank of colonel to the combatants.

He said this while addressing commanders in the capital who had come to help give a ‘final touch’ to the army integration deal.

He reassured that parties were about to strike political consensus on rank determination.

“We have not given up bottom line ,” Chandra Prakash Khanal quoted Prachanda as saying. “We will resolve the differences on rank by forging consensus between major parties at the political level.”

Commanders encourage party leadership not to compromise on rank lower than brigadier general.

Prachanda stressed that there was no alternative to concluding the peace process.

During the four-hour talks, Prachanda told commanders that the integration will take place based on the seven-point deal and therefore should abide by the ceiling of 6,500 combatants in the general directorate.

He also committed that the representation of combatants would be ensured in the secretariat of the directorate to be formed under the Nepal Army.

Up to brigadier-level commanders were invited for the discussion that will continue on Friday. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai explained the army’s proposal.


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