Consultations on Nepal peace process have been held among the UN Security Council members on Monday.
Secretary General’s Special Representative for Nepal Karin Landgren, also the UNMIN Chief in Kathmandu, briefed the Council members on Nepal’s request for further stay of UNMIN and the Secretary-General’s report on the issue.
She reported to the Council meeting that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had stressed on the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist army and the drafting of a new constitution for success in the overall peace process.
The Council is reported to soon issue a formal decision on the UNMIN’s extension in Nepal. After the extension, the UNMIN will work in Nepal until 23 January 2010.
Earlier, Nepal government had requested the UN to extend the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), a mechanism meant for monitoring the peace process and making necessary recommendations.
Nepal entered the peace process in April 2006 following the fusion of 10-year Maoist armed insurgency and the peaceful mass uprising that paved the way for the abolition of feudal monarchy in May 2008 after the elections of the Constituent Assembly in April 2008.
Nepal’s Civil Society members consider the current rightist coalition government a threat to the ongoing peace process.