Nepali gov't, UCPN-M agree to finish army integration

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KATHMANDU, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The main opposition Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M) on Thursday appeared positive on the government action plan of rehabilitating and integrating the UCPN-M combatants within 112 days.

During a meeting of the Special Committee on the Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of the UCPN-M combatants, the UCPN-M leadership agreed in principle to the government proposal.

However, the two sides will continue discussion to make the proposal submitted by committee coordinator and Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal "more effective" and try to forge consensus on issues on which the two sides differ.

Talking to media after the meeting, Chief Secretary of Nepal government Madhav Ghimire, who is also the secretary of the committee, said that the two sides agreed in principle to give a final shape to the action plan to finish integrating the armies by the stipulated time frame.

At the earlier meeting of the committee, the Prime Minister tabled the action plan which proposes, among others, to garner political consensus on the number of UCPN-M combatants to be integrated in state security agencies and collect separate data regarding combatants who want to integrate into the state security forces, those who want to chart their own career in politics and those who just want to be rehabilitated back into the society, local media reported.

Editor: Lin Liyu