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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Annan welcomes Nepal ceasefire extension, ICJ for indefinite

[b]Annan welcomes Nepal ceasefire extension, ICJ for indefinite mutual ceasefire[/b]

[b]Kathmandu, 04 December, (;[/b] UN General Secretary Kofi Anna has welcomed the ceasefire extension by Nepal's Maoists while the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has urged for indefinite mutual ceasefire from both the warring sides.

"The Secretary-General welcomes the news that the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has decided to extend by one month the unilateral ceasefire that it had declared in September. It will be recalled that the Secretary-General had recently called for an extension and urged His Majesty’s Government of Nepal to reciprocate the ceasefire," a statement posted on UN News Center says.

On Friday, Nepal's Maoists who have been fighting a bloody war for nine years to overthrow monarchy, extended ceasefire for a month. The announcement came on the day the three-month ceasefire announced unilaterally by the Maoists on September 3 this year expired.

Meanwhile, ICJ, in a statement posted in its website, has said that the ceasefire extension by the Maoists is not enough and has called on the Maoists and the government to declare indefinite ceasefire and take steps towards peace.

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