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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

UNMIN urges NA, PLA not to engage in ‘provocative’ acts

Koshit R. Koirala Reporting from Nepal

Kathmandu, 01 August, (Asiantribune.com): Chief of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) Karen Landgren has asked both Nepal Army (NA) and Maoists' People's Liberation Army (PLA) not to engage in any provocative acts that will violate the spirit of Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2006 between the government and erstwhile CPN (Maoist).
Addressing a news conference organized on Friday, Landgren also asked political parties to form a high-level political consultative mechanism, which will decide on the implementation of the past agreements reached between the political parties and the Maoists, including the integration issue.

“The Security Council resolution encourages renewed and sustained efforts to create a unified approach among the political parties, including through the parties´ proposal for a high-level political consultative mechanism,” she added.

UNSC Resolution 1879 extended UNMIN´s mandate until 23 January 2010.

She informed that during her meetings with Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, they all expressed their “commitment” toward the proposal for a high-level political consultative mechanism that would work as “a forum for discussion on critical issues confronting Nepal´s peace process.”

Landgren, however, expressed concern at the delay caused in the peace process and pointed at the “mistrust” among the parties and “divisions” within them. She asked political parties for “early reconstitution” of the Special Committee which would be responsible for supervising, integrating and rehabilitating the Maoist combatants.

Landgren informed that the UNSC has welcomed the recent decision of the government of Nepal to launch the discharge of 4,008 minors from the cantonments.

She further said that it is “critical that all parties show restraint in words and in actions,” adhere strictly to the peace agreements, and that they “articulate a common vision” for a peaceful path ahead.

- Asian Tribune -

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