UN Security Council extends mandate of mission in Nepal

10:34, January 22, 2010      

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The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to extend the tenure of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) by another six months under the request of the Nepali prime minister.

This is the third six-month extension of UNMIN's term since it came for a one-year period in January 2007.

The UN mission, which supports the peace process in Nepal, would have expired Jan. 23.

According to the UN Secretary-general's most recent report on Nepal, the "peace process remained largely stalled."

No agreement has been reached by the major political parties on issues such as the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist army, democratization of the Nepal Army and presidential authority, the report said.

The mandate also includes monitoring the arms of the Nepal Army and the Communist Party of Nepal, which is now known as the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M).

Source: Xinhua
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