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.
News reports quoting Gurung say that the remaining part of the peace process can be completed by the Special Committee formed by government to integrate former Maoists rebels into Nepali Army and rehabilitate them.
There is difference among political parties as well on whether UNMIN needs to stay longer. Maoists want it to be in place till the peace process is over while others like Nepali Congress feels that it has become obsolete.
Unless the political deadlock ends and another request sent quickly to the UN Security Council to extend its tenure, UNMIN would have to leave Nepal with an unfinished task.