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Nepal Army takes charge of cantonments

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 11, 2012

Kathmandu, April 10: In a dramatic turn of events, the Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force on Tuesday took control of all the

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Maoist cantonments, their security, arms and the combatants as the security situation deteriorated in the cantonments and the chain of command of the Maoist army turned dysfunctional.

The army and the APF were deployed for security at the cantonments — APF is responsible for security of three satellite cantonment — following an instruction from the government. A company led by a Nepal Army major has been deployed for the security of each main cantonment while a platoon under a captain has been deployed at each satellite cantonment.

The government issued the instruction as per the decision of the Special Committee meeting held following a meeting of the top leaders of the major three parties.

“The situation in the cantonments seemed to be going out of control of the commanders. The chain of command in the cantonments became dysfunctional,” said Balananda Sharma, coordinator of the secretariat of the Special Committee, of the dramatic move taken by the government and the Special Committee.

“We also fear that arms used for the security of the perimeter of the cantonments might also be taken out,” he further said.

By 10 pm, the army had taken control of the arms and security at the cantonments in Chitwan and Ilam, according to Sharma, while the process of handing over the arms and the security of the cantonments at Surkhet, Rolpa and Nawalparsi was under way.
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‘Expectations were greater than mandate’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 15, 2011

Karin Landgren, Representative of the UN Secretary General, is leaving Nepal on Jan 16 after two-and-a-half years in Nepal as the head of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). Before her appointment as the Chief of UNMIN on Feb 3, 2009, she was the deputy special representative of the Secretary General in Nepal from September 2008.

As the 54-year old former adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs is heading for Burundi next week to take up her new responsibility as the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Burundi, Republica’s Kiran Chapagain talked to her about her views on UNMIN’s stay in Nepal for four years, her experience in Nepal, issues related to the UN mission and the peace process. Excerpts:

How will UNMIN’s exit impact the peace process?

We should look at the immediate short-term impact and the potentially longer-term impact. In the short-term, as the Secretary General said in his latest report, the timing and conditions of UNMIN’s departure are not the best. The parties have not come to fresh agreements on monitoring yet. And the monitoring task is not, objectively, finished. The task of integrating and rehabilitating the Maoist army has not progressed. The promised actions in the Nepal Army (NA) [democratization and right sizing] too have not taken place.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Gorkha unit to stay with British army

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 22, 2010

THE TELEGRAPH Kathmandu, Oct. 21 (PTI): Britain has officially dismissed reports that it is planning to discontinue the age-old Gorkha soldiers’ brigade.

“The British government has no plan at all to discontinue the Gorkha soldier unit of the British Army,” a British Embassy spokesman told PTI.

The remarks came in response to media reports quoting a British Parliament member about the possibility of closure of the Gorkha brigade by the British Army as a result of budget cut downs.

The parliamentarian also reasoned that the Gorkhas had been expensive due to equal pay, pensions and rights with regular British soldiers.

The statement comes in the wake of the British Government making public new security strategy and strategic defence and security review.

At present there are around 3,500 Gorkha soldiers serving in the British Army.

Gorkha brigade is regarded as one of the most trusted units of the British Army and the Gorkhas are regarded as very brave and obedient soldiers.

The British Army has very old and cordial relations with the Nepal Army.

The British Army had expressed commitment to continue its assistance to Nepal during Nepal Army chief Chhatraman Singh’s official visit to UK at the invitation of British Army chief G Peter Wall.


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Expansion of Nepal army worries UN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 5, 2010


KATHMANDU: The United Nations says it is “deeply concerned” at plans by Nepal’s national army and its Maoist counterpart to recruit new soldiers, four years after the end of a bloody civil war.

Both armies have begun moves to expand their forces in recent weeks, sparking fears of a possible slide back to conflict in the troubled Himalayan nation, which has been without a government for more than a month. The UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) said recruitment by either army would breach the 2006 peace agreement that ended the war between the Maoist guerrillas and the state.

“UNMIN is deeply concerned at reports that the Nepal army and the Maoist army plan to undertake fresh recruitment,” said a statement issued late Tuesday.

“UNMIN has written to the government and the UCPN-M (Maoist party) advising them to respect past agreements and to act in this matter with good faith towards the United Nations.”

UNMIN was set up in 2007 with a mandate to oversee the peace process, which has faltered in recent years as mistrust between the Maoist party and their political rivals has grown.

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