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UCPN-M proposes a federal model of 10 States: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) on April 26 proposed a 10-State federal model based primarily on ethnic identity. The Maoists propose to keep Chitwan District as a centrally-administered zone. Republica, April 27, 2012.

Truce signed between Government and SKTMMM active in Terai: The Government on April 18 inked a six-point agreement with Samyukta Krantikari Terai Madhesh Mukti Morcha (SKTMMM), an underground armed outfit active in Terai. The SKTMMM expressed commitment to embrace peaceful politics by giving up violence and other armed activities, work towards ensuring peace and constitution and hand over all of its arms to the Government. Nepal News, April 19, 2012.

Nepal Army takes charge of Maoist combatants: The Nepal Army (NA) took control of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) cantonments, combatants and the weapons stored in containers inside the camps. This is in line with a decision taken by the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) on April 10. NA will now be responsible for the security of the 15 remaining Maoist cantonments, including its infrastructure. Around 9,700 combatants who have opted for integration remain in these cantonments, and there are over 3,000 weapons in the containers.

Meanwhile, the survey teams of the AISC resumed voluntary retirement process from April 13 after the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) directed commanders at cantonments to let the process move forward. The Hindu; Republica, April 11-14, 2012.

Only 3,129 former combatants opt for integration into Nepal Army: The second round of regrouping work conducted by the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) concluded in all the People's Liberation Army (PLA) cantonments on April 19 with only 3,129 former Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) combatants choosing integration into the Nepal Army (NA). However, there are 6,500 openings for former PLA fighters in NA. Nepal News, April 12, 2012.

PLA combatants handed over to NA in haste, admits UCPN-M chairman Prachanda: The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda on April 11 remarked that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) combatants were handed over to the Nepal Army (NA) in haste considering the possible disruption to the integration process. He termed the move to hand over Maoist combatants, their arms and the cantonments to NA a "bold decision". ekantipur, April 12, 2012. [Source: SATP]

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