NEW DELHI, APR 15 – The step to hand over the command control of former Maoist combatants to the national army has apparently sent positive vibes in India where the Nepal watchers have explained the latest development as an ‘extremely positive development’.
Indian experts who keep close tab on Nepal issues have, however, underscored the urgency for Nepali political actors of moving ahead to build quick consensus on the remaining contentious issues of the constitution.
“The latest incident has been a very positive development. What we always want is a stable, peaceful and democratic Nepal and with the national army taking control of combatants, a brick has been added to that direction,” said a government source.
Former Indian Ambassador to Nepal Shivshankar Mukherjee said the latest step has helped create a climate of confidence among Nepal’s political parties.
“This is an extremely good step which should have happened much earlier. It is equally important that things move head as per past agreements among parties,” opined Mukherjee.
“Integration does not mean giving jobs to the ex-combatants in the army, its crux rather lies on ensuring that Nepal is heading towards an atmosphere of peace,” he added.
Former Major General of Indian army and a Nepal watcher Ashok Mehta, on the other hand, sounded cautiously positive.
“Though the latest step is a positive one, bigger problems are still in line. In one way, the problems have only been postponed,” said Mehta. “The character of Nepali political parties of implementing the pacts at the last hour has always created problems. Contentious issues like norms and criteria for integration are yet to be finalized,” he added.by Mahesh Acharya from ekantipur