U.N. officials revealed that 30,852 former Maoist rebels in Nepal registered themselves in relief camps and submitted 3,428 weapons as part of a peace process to end conflict in the Himalayan state. The locked-up weapons included automatic weapons, mortars, rifles, and machine guns.
The peace deal with the politicians required the containment of the rebels and the locking up of arms in U.N. supervised locations. U.N. officials said that this is the first phase of registration and that the second phase will yield even more. However, the deal is mired in controversy where political supporters worry about lack of adequate safety of interred equipment and Maoists complain of lack of adequate shelter. Both sides continue to discount the other side's concern.
U.N. representatives who visited some of these camps urged the government to do more.