Govt to seek one more year for UNMIN

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Kathmandu, Nov 3: The Nepal government has decided to ask the United Nations to extend the term of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) by a year, top officials said.

''A decision has been taken to ask for the extension,'' they said.

The government has, however, decided not to ask for any expansion of UNMIN's mandate, Kantipur reported, quoting sources close to the Prime Minister.

UN Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon, in his recent report on Nepal, had highlighted the need to extend UNMIN's mandate.

Outlining several issues 'critical for the success of the peace process', the Secretary-General had said, ''The United Nations is well placed and at the disposal of the Nepalese parties to assist in their effort to tackle these issues. The limited focus of the mandate of UNMIN has constrained its ability to adequately assist the overall management of the peace process, whose weakness has now become evident.'' Meanwhile, the Chief of the UNMIN, Ian Martin, returned here yesterday after attending a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York.

''UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council were committed to extending all manner of support for the ongoing peace process in Nepal,'' Kantipur quoted him as saying, after his arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA).

He stated that the Security Council was positive about extending UNMIN's tenure.

''If the Nepal government wanted, UNMIN could play further role, in reforming the security sector, implementation of the peace process and civilian security, among other things,'' he added.


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