Nepal Panel to Integratrate Former Maoist Fighters

Nepal's Maoist government has formed a multi-party panel to oversee the rehabilitation of 19-thousand of its former rebel fighters.

The communications minister (Krishna Bahadur Mahara) says the committee will integrate the ex-rebels into Nepal's national army.

The announcement Tuesday is seen as a step forward for the thousands of ex-Maoist fighters who have been living in camps under United Nations supervision since a 2006 peace deal.

The peace deal ended a decade-long civil war between Maoist rebels and Nepal's former government, which resulted in more than 13-thousand deaths.

In elections held last April, Maoist leaders won the majority and now head Nepal's coalition government after dissolving the monarchy.