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Security Council may discuss Nepal issue: UN

Written by: Staff

Kathmandu, Apr 19: UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal, Matthew Kahane has said the country's political situation can be discussed in the Security Council following concerns by some member states, media reports said here today.

''A number of member states have expressed their concern about the situation in Nepal and some members have wondered if it can be discussed in the UN Security Council,'' the Himalayan Times quoted Mr Kahane as saying during his meeting with the Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala yesterday.

Mr Kahane told the Congress President that UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, is personally worried about the current situation in Nepal.

Meanwhile, Mr Kahane also visited the office of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) yesterday.

He expressed concern over the government's intervention in Press freedom and attack on mediapersons during a meeting with journalists, the paper said.

''Kahane said Annan is informed about the situation of press freedom in Nepal,''a press release issued by the FNJ said.

He also told the journalists that the UN is collecting information about press freedom through the FNJ, International Federation of Journalists and International Media Mission.

More than 100 journalists have been arrested and some injured since demonstrations by the seven political parties began two weeks ago.

FNJ has supported the democracy movement in Nepal.


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