BAD: PLA's Reaction to Nepal Army Recruitment

By Lilu Thapa Following the lines of the Nepal Army’s recruitment, the PLA also has started its own recruitment process for the “vacant posts”. How sane is that decision by the Maoist leadership or what will be the extent and effect of this new development is yet to be seen. However, if this new recruitmentContinue reading “BAD: PLA's Reaction to Nepal Army Recruitment”

The Recruitment that Threatens to Derail the Peace Process

For the record: Maoist People’s Liberation Army (PLA) cantonments have started recruiting new soldiers apparently in response to the ongoing recruitment in Nepal Army (NA). Though the Maoist party itself has yet to officially comment on the recruitment, key political parties have come out strongly against the drive saying it violates past pacts, most notablyContinue reading “The Recruitment that Threatens to Derail the Peace Process”

Soldiers Mutiny in Bangladesh: Lessons for Nepal

The incident in Bangladesh should cause a serious concern to the policy makers and the senior officers of the uniformed forces in Nepal as well. By Lilu Thapa The recent mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Soldiers in Bangladesh has raised a lot of questions in the security arena. It practically seems to have spreadContinue reading “Soldiers Mutiny in Bangladesh: Lessons for Nepal”

And the Last Press Briefing by Ian Martin

Ian Martin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal, addressed reporters at Reporters’ Club in Kathmandu today. Here is the Q and A, as provided by United Nations Mission in Nepal. Here is Ian’s last briefing to UNSC. Rishi [Dhamala, the Chair of the Club], Thank you very much indeed for inviting me to comeContinue reading “And the Last Press Briefing by Ian Martin”

The Last Briefing by Ian Martin

Ian Martin, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Nepal speaks at the Meeting of the Security Council on 16 January 2009 The request of Nepal for United Nations assistance in support of its peace process Mr President, This is the tenth and last time I am briefing the Council on the assistance ofContinue reading “The Last Briefing by Ian Martin”

Army Integration….Nepali Congress Speaks

For the record: Nepali Congress “will not let the integration happen if the Maoists continued their criminal activities.” Nepali Congress (NC) President Girija Prasad Koirala today said he is not in favour of integration of the Maoist combatants into the Nepal Army (NA). He said that the NC, the opposition party in the Constituent Assembly,Continue reading “Army Integration….Nepali Congress Speaks”

Ian Martin of UNMIN Speaks to the Press

The UN Secretary-General will visit Nepal latter this month, is spokesperson said Thursday. While in Nepal, the Secretary-General will meet with the President, the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and members of the Constituent Assembly. The Secretary-General will also visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the spokesperson said. Ian Martin, Special Representative of theContinue reading “Ian Martin of UNMIN Speaks to the Press”