KATHMANDU, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)'s People's Liberation Army (PLA) Chief Nanda Kishor Pun said on Friday that they will fill vacant posts in the PLA, since the Nepal Army (NA) did not stop its recruitment process.
The number of CPN-M combatants will be increased to 32,000 from the current 19,000, Pun said.
Speaking at the Reporters Club in the capital Kathmandu, Pun claimed that the CPN-M has initiated the process to make recruitment in the PLA as the NA continued with its fresh recruitment process.
The PLA chief said that the NA should stop its recruitment drive at the earliest if they are to abide by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
"If the NA doesn't comply with the agreement, we will be compelled to call for application to fill the vacant posts," said Pun.
The PLA commander-in-chief said that the Nepal Army should unconditionally abide by the directive of civil government.
In an interview with Kantipur FM radio on Thursday, former United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) Chief Ian Martin, who is returning to New York after completing his tenure, remarked that the NA cannot fill its vacant posts as per the agreement.
UNMIN has been monitoring the peace process since Jan. 23, 2007.
In recent days, the relation between the CPN-M-led government and the NA has been souring after the CPN-M Defense Minister Ram Bahadru Thapa directed the latter to stop the recruitment process to fill around 2,800 vacant posts in the NA.