-  Sunday 25 February 2018

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Nepal

 -  AFP

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 2008 - The UN Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday to renew the mandate of the UN mission in Nepal (UNMIN) until next July 23 and expressed full support for the 2006 peace deal signed by mainstream parties and Maoist ex-rebels.

Resolution 1796 also directs UN chief Ban Ki-moon to review the activities of UNMIN in light of upcoming elections, "taking into account the views of the government of Nepal and the developments on the ground."

The British-drafted text also welcomes a 23-point agreement reached by a seven-party alliance last month "with a view to holding Constituent Assembly elections on April 10, 2008."

UNMIN, whose mandate expired Wednesday, is a special political mission established to support the peace process in Nepal, in particular, to assist in the conduct of the April elections in a free and fair atmosphere.

The April 10 polls will elect a body that will rewrite Nepal's constitution, and formally declare the impoverished Himalayan country a republic, ending a 239-year royal dynasty led by unpopular King Gyanendra.

The UN has warned that continued ethnic and communal violence in the south needs to be tackled before the elections can take place.

The polls, which are a central part of Nepal's peace deal, have been postponed twice, most recently in November.

Since making peace in late 2006 with the Kathmandu government after a decade of civil war claimed at least 12,500 lives, the Maoists have emerged from their jungle and hill strongholds to Kathmandu's corridors of power.

They have been given about a quarter of the seats in an interim government and seven ministerial portfolios. In return, they have confined their guerrilla army to United Nations-monitored camps.

Source : AFP
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