Faced with condemnation for her latest report to the UN Security Council, UN mission in Nepal (UNMIN) chief, Karin Landgren has stated that her statements were misinterpreted.
Landgren told media persons on Monday that her statements about possibility of a Maoist revolt, presidential rule or a military backed coup after UNMIN’s exit were based on “local perception”.
“They are not a UN warning or UN assessment of risks. The report should be read in its entirety,” she said while addressing her last press conference ahead of UNMIN’s departure on January 15.
Landgren’s statement regarding the possible scenario after UNMIN’s exit had been dismissed as “malicious rumour” by Nepal’s permanent representative to UN.
President Ram Baran Yadav, caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepal Army also debunked her assessment.
The Nepal government has asserted that a special committee consisting representatives of major parties would take over UNMIN’s role of monitoring the personnel and arms of 19,000 Maoist combatants.
But Landgren feels that the government’s view doesn’t reflect consensus among parties represented in the special committee and deviates from the interim constitution.
Expressing that the four year old peace process faces “critical risks”, she urged all players to come to a settlement on all issues soon and complete the unfinished task.
Landgren assured that despite UNMIN’s withdrawal, UN would monitor developments related to the peace process for another three years and a reporting mechanism for the same would be formed.