Nepal peace at risk as Maoists plan hiring fighters

Article Date: 
3 Mar 2009

A former Maoist rebel commander said on Tuesday the group plans to recruit thousands of fighters, a move seen as a blow to peace that underlined serious tensions between Nepal's army and the Maoists.

Nanda Kishore Pun, chief of the Maoist fighters, told Reuters it was the ex-rebel group's turn to fill vacancies in their ranks after Nepal's national army recruited 2,800 personnel last year.

The move could endanger a 2006 peace pact that ended a decades-long civil war and saw the Maoists joining the political process, winning an election last year, analysts said.

"It is a severe threat to the peace process and the comprehensive peace agreement, which said no additional recruitments in the armies of the two sides," said Yubaraj Ghimire, editor of the weekly "Newsfront".

Article Author: 
Gopal Sharma
Article Source: 
Reuters