UN mission in Nepal extended for another 4 months

21:51, September 16, 2010      

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After a prolonged controversy about United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the UN Security Council has extended the mandate of its mission in Nepal by four months at the time when its tenure was about to expire on Thursday.

The Security Council meeting held on Wednesday decided to renew the UNMIN's mandate term for the last time by four months as per the request of the Nepali government and former rebel Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M).

"Taking note of the letters to the Secretary-General from the caretaker Government of Nepal and the UCPN-M, which request a final extension of the mandate of UNMIN until Jan. 15, 2011, the Security Council decides to renew the mandate of UNMIN as established under Resolution 1740 (2007) until Jan. 15, 2011, taking into account the completion of some elements of the mandate and the ongoing work on the monitoring of the management of arms and armed personnel," said the release issued by UNMIN in its official website.

The Security Council has also decided to terminate its mission in Nepal by Jan. 15, 2011. It has also called upon all parties to take full advantage of the expertise and readiness of UNMIN within its mandate to support the peace process to facilitate the completion its mandate.

It even called upon the Nepali government and former rebel UCPN- M to implement the four-points agreement reached on Sept. 13 as well as a timetable action plan with clear benchmarks for the integration and rehabilitation of UCPN-M combatants.

The release further said that the resolution further called upon all political parties in Nepal to expedite the peace process, and to work together in a spirit of cooperation, consensus and compromise in order to continue the transition to a durable long- term solution to enable the country to move to a peaceful, democratic and more prosperous future

Earlier, the Nepali government and the former rebel UCPN-M have agreed to extend the tenure of UNMIN and its mandate in Nepal for four months.

The caretaker government of Nepal on Tuesday requested the United Nations Security Council to extend the term of UNMIN by four more months with a mandate to focus on monitoring of UCPN-M combatants, cantonments and arms.

The government and UCPN-M signed four-point agreement on Monday and cited that both have agreed on four-points in order to take the peace process to a logical conclusion.

The government and UCPN-M agreed on to bring the UCPN-M combatants under the Special Committee without delay and share all details about the UCPN-M combatants with the Committee. They also agreed to take up the remaining tasks of the peace process from Sept. 17 and complete them by Jan. 14, 2011.

The deal helped the government to send a joint letter to the United Nations Security Council requesting the term extension. This will be UNMIN's seventh extension since it was established in January 2007. The agreement also states that this is UNMIN's last extension.

However, analysts and experts have doubted on the "four-point" deal between government and the former rebel UCPN-M and completion of peace process within stipulated time referring to the current political stalemate in the country due to lack of consensus amid political parties.

The government and UCPN-M sent their letters on the UNMIN mission separately to the United Nations Security Council.

In it letter sent to the UN Security Council on Sept. 7, the Nepali government requested a four-month extension and asked that UNMIN's mandate to focus itself "on the monitoring of management of UCPN-M combatants and their arms". It also mentioned that " being the national army, Nepal Army (NA) has been working under democratic control" which no longer need UNMIN's monitor.

In a separate letter to UN Security Council on Sept. 10, UCPN-M requested UNMIN's mandate in Nepal be extended for six-months under the same previous terms continuing monitoring of NA.

This not only revealed the fragile political scenario of Nepal but also exposed the weak procedure of peace process. As per local analysts, it is not sure whether these signed "four-points" will be implemented within the mentioned timeframe.

The UNMIN, a special political mission in support of the peace process in Nepal, was established by Security Council Resolution 1740 on Jan. 23, 2007 and is currently mandated to stay in Nepal till Sep. 15. The UNMIN has been monitoring both NA and former Maoist combatants and their arms.

Source: Xinhua


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