The United Nations has received separate requests from the Government of Nepal and Maoists rebels calling for wide-ranging UN assistance, including ceasefire and human rights monitoring.
The requests were in the form of identical letters, one from the Prime Minister and the other from the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal, Staffan de Mistura, who led a week-long assessment mission to Nepal that returned last Thursday, told reporters here.
"We got two letters both have agreed on a five-point platform requesting the UN to get involved in the electoral process, in the arms management which means containment both of the combatants and of the army, and in the monitoring of the ceasefire and human rights," he said.
The good news, he said, is everybody wants involvement of UN, everybody wants UN assist in the peace process, which is "potentially fragile" but should not be allowed to be kept fragile.
De Mistura also highlighted that the Maoists had recently agreed to extend their ceasefire and said he was "strongly encouraged" by the requests, particularly the fact that both sides had asked the UN how best to proceed on the "most delicate aspect" which is arms management.