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UN says ex-rebels breached Nepal peace agreement

UN says ex-rebels breached Nepal peace agreement

Former communist rebels in Nepal breached a peace agreement by carrying weapons outside the camp where they are confined, the United Nations' mission said.
The U.N. said in a statement Tuesday it was "seriously concerned" that a group of 19 former Maoist fighters were caught by police outside their U.N.-monitored camp armed with guns. They were detained by police on Monday in Kapilvastu in southern Nepal and were later escorted back to the camp by police and U.N. officials.
The U.N. said the incident violated the peace agreement signed by the government and Maoist rebels in 2006.
Under the peace pact, thousands of former rebels have been living in U.N.-monitored camps and their weapons locked in metal containers. They are allowed to possess a few weapons for security but are not allowed to take them outside the camps.
There was no immediate comment from the Maoists. Barsaman Pun, who used to be a top rebel commander, was quoted by the Kantipur newspaper as saying they were using the weapons to protect their chief, former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. Dahal visited the area earlier this week.
The rebels abandoned their 10-year revolt for a communist state and joined a peace process after Nepal's king was forced to give up his authoritarian rule by weeks of pro-democracy protests. They have since joined mainstream politics.
The U.N. said it has launched an investigation into the incident and would raise its concern to the committee monitoring the peace process.


Updated : 2021-04-10 20:36 GMT+08:00