News of the day:
Maoists Formally Dissolve Peoples’ Governments, Peoples’ Courts: Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has said that it has dissolved all its “people’s governments” and “people’s courts” across the country. In a statement issued Thursday, Maoist Chairman Prachanda said that all levels of local governments run by his party were dissolved as per the agreement reached with the governments in the past. (more)
Photographs of the first day of registration and storage of weapons and registration of Maoist combatants, at the Maoist 3rd Divisional cantonment site in Chitwan, Nepal on 17 January 2006. [related blog]
UN Senior Military Advisor Jan Erik Wilhemsen, with Deputy Caommander Pasang (senior Maoist representative on the Joint Monitoring Coordinating Committee) and Deputy Commander Ananta (in charge of the Central Region)
UN registration team (in green sleeves, on left) with Maoist commanders and UN monitor (centre) [also the photo below].
[The UN monitors began the registration and authentication process of the Maoist army yesterday (17 Jan), which is to be followed by the arms storage process. Meanwhile, a team of monitors that is deployed in one of the main camps at Jhyaltung Danda of Arunk Khola, Nawalparasi informed that it aims to finish registration of around 1,000 Maoist fighters by Thursday (18 Jan) evening. The team yesterday could register only 200 Maoist army men here.]
Maoist combatants complete paperwork prior to registration with UN registration teams. [also in the photo below]
2100 PLA troops verified
Jan 19 – On the second day of registration of Maoist arms and troops, United Nations monitors Thursday verified 1,550 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel – 1,039 at the Maoist cantonment site at Shaktikhor (Chitwan) and 511 at Jhyaltung Danda (Nawalparasi), according to PLA sources. With this, the number of Maoist combatants registered with the UN has reached 2,122 in the first two days after the process began on Wednesday (17 Jan).
Maoist combatants lining up to register with UN registration teams. [also in the photos below]
Maoist combatants completing photo identification by UN registration teams (standing 2nd left is UN Senior Military Advisor Jan Erik Wilhemsen, next to Deputy Caommander Pasang on right) [also in the photo below]
Maoist Deputy Caommander Pasang (middle), with UN Senior Military Advisor Jan Erik Wilhemsen (right) inside weapons storage container.
UN Senior Military Advisor Jan Erik Wilhemsen shakes hands with Maoist Deputy Caommander Pasang in front of weapons storage container.