Nepal: Maoists Discuss Army Integration with People’s Liberation Army
Posted by D and I Consulting on June 21, 2011
This article originally appeared on enkantipur.com. Nepal’s revolutionaries are approaching serious and important questions about the nature of their revolution and its continuation, including whether or not to advance the revolution and seize state power, or to integrate with the current alliance of forces to form a bourgeois republic. Central to this is the future of the People’s Liberation Army — the beloved PLA — to what kind of future Nepal holds. The South Asia Revolution team is currently discussing these events and their meaning for revolutionaries around the world. A public statement will be forth coming.
Maoist leaders to hold crucial PLA meet
KATHMANDU, JUN 07 – The UCPN (Maoist) is holding consultations with senior members of the PLA on Wednesday in a bid to give the combatants an ownership of the ongoing peace process.
Over 200 senior PLA commanders–ranging from the PLA chief to the sub-division commanders and other leaders–will attend the meeting.
PLA Spokesperson Chandra Prakash Khanal, ‘Baldev,’ said they will discuss the PLA integration process and the party’s latest decisions.
The meeting has been called to take the combatants into confidence on the integration process and read their minds on the peace process and the party’s decisions on integration.
The Maoists have taken important decisions on the integration issue such as accepting the Nepali Army’s modality, agreeing to integrate 8,000 to 10,000 combatants and ending the dual security system of Maoist leaders.
The hardliner faction led by senior Maoist Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya has written a note of dissent on some decisions taken by the party on the integration issue.
The Maoist leadership will take suggestions from senior members of the PLA on contentious issues of integration, the modality, ranking, standards and norms and other technical issues.
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s decision to call the meeting with the PLA members comes at a time when the hardliner faction has been demanding a meeting of the party’s Central Committee to take a final call on the contentious issues of integration.
The hardliner faction said Dahal called the meeting without consulting them. “We have been invited to the meeting, but the chairman did not consult us before calling the meeting,” said a leader close to Baidya.
Meanwhile, the Baidya faction has refused to send back PLa combtants deployed for the security of leaders, stating that only the Central Committee can take a decision on the issue.