|Norway welcome discharge of former Maoist combatants|
| [14.02.2012, 02:55pm, Tue. GMT]|
|Norway and Switzerland have welcomed the discharge of former Maoist combatants choosing Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) on Tuesday. In a joint statement, the Kathmandu based EU missions together with Norway and Switzerland said, “We warmly welcome the recent discharge of those former Maoist combatants opting for voluntary retirement. After too many years in the cantonments, they can now return to contribute to their communities."They, however, noted the allegations of financial irregularities and emphasised that the payments the former combatants receive “must remain theirs alone to invest in their futures”.|
EU, Norway and Switzerland also acknowledged the courage shown by all the political parties in advancing the peace process in recent months.
“As a result the planned closure of some satellite cantonments would be a visible step forward in Nepal’s transition from conflict. Recalling the 1 November agreement, the parties should now move ahead swiftly to resolve the future of those who remain in the cantonments. This calls for continued dialogue, flexibility and compromise from all political parties.”
They also called on the parties to press ahead with fulfilling the mandate given to them in April 2008 by completing the drafting of a democratic, inclusive new constitution with adequate checks and balances.