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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

UN chief cautions Nepal’s political parties

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 30 April, ( United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cautioned that differences surfacing among key political parties in Nepal could jeopardize the prospect of ongoing peace process in the country

In his latest report made public on Tuesday in New York, Ban said that the widening differences among major political parties representing Constituent Assembly (CA) would continue to impede the consolidation of peace in the war-ravaged Himalayan nation. He also called for increased cooperation among political parties in the country to take the ongoing peace process to a logical end.

The decision of the Maoist-led government to sack Nepal Army Chief Rookmangud Katawal has brought serious differences among major political parties in the country as the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, and the main coalition partner, CPN-UML, did not support the move.

Ban noted that progress has been made in Nepal’s peace process, including steps towards drafting a new constitution.

He, however, said that the relation between the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and its main coalition partner, the CPN-UML, as well as among the four political parties in the Maoist-led coalition Government, remain "fractious, marked by public acrimony and weak consultation over major decisions."

A decade-long civil war, claiming some 13,000 lives, ended in 2006 with the signing of a Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) between the Government and Maoists. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections last April, the nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy, declared itself a republic and elected Ram Baran Yadav as the country’s first president.

At the end of its previous mandate in January, the UN special political mission in the country, known as UNMIN, reduced its staff to a minimal level.

“Nepali parties have repeatedly indicated to the United Nations that UNMIN arms monitors will continue to be needed to perform their current duties until the issue of integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel is resolved," the Secretary-General said in his report.

"The international community remains committed to supporting the process on which Nepal has embarked for the consolidation of peace and improvement of the lives of its people," he added.

- Asian Tribune -

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