UN releases peace fund to rehabilitate discharged ex-guerilla fighters in Nepal

08:55, May 18, 2010      

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The Executive Committee of the United Nations Peace Fund for Nepal (UNPFN) on Monday released 9.3 million U.S. dollars for UN-supported programs to reintegrate 4, 008 verified minors and ex-guerilla fighters of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M).

These 4,008 People's Liberation Army (PLA) of UCPN-M were discharged from the various 21 temporary cantonments in Nepal under the supervision of United Nations Mission In Nepal (UNMIN) as a crucial part of peace process.

Issuing a press release on Monday, the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal said that the rehabilitation programs will be implemented through a collaboration of the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

UN Resident Coordinator for Nepal and Chairman of the UNPFN's Executive Committee Robert Piper said that the international community is once again backing words with action in its support of Nepal's peace process.

"By ensuring individuals who leave the cantonments have the opportunity to learn new skills and pursue professional interest, they can face their future with a sense of optimism," Piper mentioned in his statement.

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