UWB Photo Blog: The tripartite team (consisting representatives of the Nepal government, the UN and the CPN Maoist) inspects a Maoist proposed rebel cantonment site in Surkhet. Here are images from the scene by Moti Poudel:
Maoist soldiers welcomed the inspection team that arrived in a chopper.
The inspection team talked to the People’s Liberation Army Sixth Division (out of seven) commander Tej Bahadur Oli (Prateek) and vice commander Deepak and gathers information about the site.
Maoist soldiers welcome the UN representatives
State Minister for Labor and Transportation Ramesh Lekhak represented the government of Nepal in the inspection team.
Maoist division commander Prateek and vice commander Deepak talk to the DSP of Armed Police Force, Surkhet who had been to the cantonment site just before the inspection team arrived.
A Maoist soldier welcome policemen with cups of tea.
Locals curiously watch the meeting hoping for the lasting peace.
Related Info: The government of Nepal is likely to seek more than Rs. 5 billion from donors for the management of the Maoist combatants after they are kept in cantonments and expenditure for the planned constituent assembly elections, reports eKantipur. The Ministry made the appeal in a meeting of bilateral and multilateral donors in the capital on Tuesday. Minister for Finance Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat told the donors that the nation is seeking financial assistance to look after the rebel’s People’s Liberation Army personnel and for the construction their cantonment areas.
In response to the appeal, some of the donors including the EU and the Swiss Development Cooperation expressed their commitment to immediately provide assistance for the management of the Maoist cantonment areas by deducting the amount from their budgets invested in various projects at the local level. The donors also expressed their willingness to provide assistance in a package for the management of rebel cantonments and constituent assembly elections due to be held by mid-June next year.
Meanwhile, the US will continue terming Maoist a terrorist outfit even after they join the government, reports Ameet Dhakal in the Kathmandu Post.