Koirala complains UNMIN's role in Nepal biased

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Kathmandu, Nov 1 (UNI) President of the Nepali Congress (NC) and former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala has expressed dissatisfaction over the role of the United Nations political mission in Nepal -- UNMIN -- with visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and called for more substantive efforts.

The role of UNMIN is not effective in Nepal, Kantipur quoted Mr Koirala as saying during the meeting with the visiting UN Secretary-General here today.

During the meeting with Mr Ban at Mr Koirala's residence in Maharajgunj, the NC president also complained that the government formed special committee for army integration in a biased manner.

UNMIN has been criticised as being biased in the recent months by some political parties, including the NC.

Mr Ban praised Mr Koirala's contribution in the country's peace process and said he expects the latter's further support, Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat quoted the NC leader as saying during the meeting.

In response, Mr Koirala said he also expected the UN's support, Dr Mahat said.

Octogenarian leader Mr Koirala told Mr Ban that he would not compromise with anybody when it comes to democracy, human rights, press freedom and rule of law and would continue to struggle until the end.

The Secretary-General also gave the octogenarian leader a gift as a token of love, during the meeting that lasted for nearly half an hour.

Earlier today, Mr Ban met with President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter's residence Sital Niwas.

The President praised the UN's role in the peace process and economic and social development, at the meeting.


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