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Nepal parties seek reduced mandate for UN body

The Nepali Army could soon be kept away from purview of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the UN body monitoring the peace process in Nepal. Utpal Parashar reports.

world Updated: Aug 29, 2010 18:11 IST
Utpal Parashar

The Nepali Army could soon be kept away from purview of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the UN body monitoring the peace process in Nepal.

Leaders of most political parties in Constituent Assembly on Sunday told caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal that UNMIN should be given another extension with a revised mandate.

Leaders from UCPN-Maoist and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum were absent from the meeting called by Nepal.

The term of UNMIN, which is monitoring both Nepali Army and Peoples' Liberation Army, the military wing of Maoists, is to expire on September 15.

There have been differences among political parties on whether to give another extension to UNMIN. Maoists want it to stay for another six months to ensure completion of the peace process.

"UNMIN has been ineffective in carrying out its mandate. An extension should be given and it should be asked only to monitor the PLA cadres," said Nepali Congress leader Ram Saran Mahat.

Constituted in January 2007, UNMIN had a two-year-tenure to monitor the peace process. But delay in completion of the process has led to it getting several extensions.

Unhappy with its role, Nepali Army wants it to leave the country after the September 15 deadline. Defence Minister Vidya Bhandari has also accused it of being a spokesperson of the Maoists.