KATHMANDU, May 26: Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) General Prabhu Ram Sharma has clarified that there is no need for the Nepalese Army (NA) to purchase weapons for the UN peace-keeping missions.
Talking to media persons at a programme organized on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers here on Friday, CoAS Sharma clarified that since the army organization currently has adequate arms and ammunition needed for the peacekeeping missions, there was no need to buy them at the moment.
Sharma further said that it was natural to study the nearest market or the marketplace of the concerned country to purchase various parts of the vehicles for the UN peacekeeping missions instead of weapons.
He shared that the NA had not bought any weapons since it purchased them from China in 2045 BS. According to him, the NA ought to obtain approval from the government and function within the parameters of the Acts and laws to procure weapons if need be.
He denounced the news making rounds in the media that the NA was going to buy weapons and also made it clear that no letter of credit (LC) was opened for the same as rumored in the media.
The army chief also urged not to disseminate biased news just to fulfill the vested interest of a particular country or company.