Nepal to conclude integrating ex Maoist combatants on Monday

Nepal's UCPN Maoist PLA fighters

KATHMANDU: The army integration, the main component of Nepal’s peace process is to come to conclusion formally from Monday.

The final convocation of the trainees of basic training of seventy officer cadets selected for army integration will be held at a special ceremony to be organised at Nepal Army Academy, Kharipati in Bhaktapur.

Chairman of the Interim Election Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi will be the chief guest of the ceremony.

A large number of journalists from home and abroad have been invited by the Nepal Army for the ceremony.

The integration process will end with the convocation.

Some 66 male and four women officer cadets will also present parade on the occasion.

They will be part of national army transformed from former Maoist combatants with the completion of the nine-month training.

Some 1,352 personnel had been given convocation on July 5.

Nepal Army Spokesman Suresh Sharma says Nepal Army has played an important role to give the conflict in the country an outlet.

The then Maoist commander Nanda Kishor Pun says the main part of peace process is in final phase.

“I express gratitude to Nepal Army and political parties for their role with responsibility in the peace process,” he said.