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Fate of Nepal UN mission uncertain

With less than four weeks remaining for expiry of its extended tenure, fate of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) hangs in balance.

world Updated: Aug 22, 2010 00:25 IST
Utpal Parashar

With less than four weeks remaining for expiry of its extended tenure, fate of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) hangs in balance.

Although the peace process in Nepal is far from over, differences among various players and impasse over formation of the next government could mean UNMIN leaving before completing its mandate.

On Friday, UNMIN chief Karin Landgren met leaders of major political parties and expressed disappointment at the peace process not moving forward in the past few months.

“There has been no progress in the peace process. It is frustrating for UNMIN and the Security Council,” said Landgren.

Since its formation in 2007 to monitor and manage arms and personnel of the former Maoists and the Nepali Army, UNMIN has seen several extensions of its tenure. Its extended deadline expires on September 15.

While Landgren was persuading politicians to take forward the peace process, Nepali Army chief General Chatraman Singh Gurung met Peace Minister Rakam Chemjong and asked him not to extend UNMIN’s tenure.