Govt mulling to help victims of landmine: Gyawali (NEPAL)
KATHMANDU, June 25: The concerned sectors held a discussion today on banning landmine in the backdrop that hundreds of people have lost their lives in landmine, and its negative effect in various sectors such as social, economic, health and environment.
Landmine victims, representatives of the Government and the Maoists expressed their views on the effect of landmine at the National Seminar on 'Role of Maoists in banning landmine', which was organized by the Ban Landmine Campaign Nepal.
Inaugurating the seminar, Minister for Culture, tourism and Civil Aviation Pradeep Gyawali said that attention of the government has been drawn on removing the landmines and the preparation is underway for necessary directives, and added that the government is trying to help the victims of landmine.
Commenting on the code of conduct that was reached between the government and the Maoists, Minister Gyawali said, "We have prepared piles of nice agreements in papers but we have been delaying to put them into practice, and the Maoists should be serious for this.'
Expressing doubt over the lack of communication regarding extortions, Minister Gyawali said that they are unable to stop collection of donations yet. He appealed to the Maoists to transform themselves as responsible and reliable political force.
Talking with Journalists, Member of Maoist Talks Assistance Committee, Ekaraj Bhandari said that there are no landmines across the country since the Maoists clear the landmine after the purpose is fulfilled.
Stating that the Maoists are responsible to establish lasting peace in the nation, he suspected that there might be landmines around the camps of Nepal Army.
On the occasion, landmine victims Bhanu Bhakta Gurung, Hari Bahadur Karki, Chandra Maya Karki, Ishwor Pandit, Ashok Thapa Magar, and Sundar Karki demanded cooperation from the government, NGOs and the Maoists.
According to the information given at the programme, 210 people died and 771 were affected by the landmine in Nepal in 2005.
Von: 27.06.2006, http://www.gorkhapatra.org.np