Despite significant developments in recent days, completing the delayed peace process in Nepal within the next four months is a tough task views the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN).
The mission, which is monitoring the peace process since 2007, got its final four-month extension last week and will wind up operations in January next year.
In the past 10 days, there has been an agreement between the caretaker government and opposition Maoists to complete the contentious issue of integrating former rebels into mainstream within four months.
The Maoist combatants residing in cantonments have been placed under control of a parliamentary special committee to monitor their rehabilitation. Earlier they were being monitored by UNMIN.
“We welcome the latest developments and hope this momentum will be maintained,” said Karin Landgren, UNMIN chief and Secretary of UN Secretary General in Nepal here on Wednesday.
She stated that the target of completing the rehabilitation process within January 15 next year is a tough task but assured UNMIN’s support and expertise.
“The parties have set themselves a very challenging task,” said Landgren.
She added that the two main tasks for the UN body now are to ensure that the peace process gets completed and making arrangements for its orderly withdrawal when the extended tenure gets over.