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Kofi Annan pledges support to Nepal

The assistance would help Nepal build on a peace accord signed between the Govt and Maoists to end a 10-year civil war.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 17:27 IST

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has pledged assistance to Nepal so that Kathmandu could build on a peace accord signed between the government and Maoists to end a 10-year civil war.

"This (peace) agreement places great trust and responsibility on the United Nations as it asks that we assist Nepal in various aspects of the peace process, including as an immediate step the monitoring of arms and armed personnel and providing electoral assistance," Annan said.

With the ending of armed conflict, the people of Nepal now have the opportunity to build lasting peace in an inclusive democracy, he stressed.

Through his Personal Representative in Nepal, Ian Martin, Annan said he is working closely with the parties to ensure that UN assistance "can arrive as promptly as possible."