Ending days of confusion on the fate of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the Nepal government and opposition Maoists have agreed to extend its term by another four months.
Caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal signed a four-point agreement on Monday evening to extend UNMIN's tenure with the current mandate for the last time.
"We have agreed primarily to complete the remaining tasks of the peace process between September 17 and January 14 next year," said Maoist vice-chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha.
The Maoists have agreed to bring their 19000 plus combatants under the Special Committee formed for their rehabilitation and integration soon.
The issue of proper rehabilitation and integration of the former Maoist rebels is the main bone of contention among parties which is delaying the peace process.
The former rebels and the Nepal Army are being monitored by UNMIN since 2007 as part of the peace agreement. But there are differences on its role and mandate.
Last week the government had sent to letter to UN Security Council seeking a four month extension for UNMIN but with the rider that Nepal Army should be kept out of its purview.
The Maoists too sent a separate letter seeking a six month extension and continuation of its current role.
"I hope that it (the agreement) offers a clear roadmap for moving the peace process forward significantly in coming four months," the Republica quoted UNMIN chief Karin Landgren.