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‘Peace process at critical phase’

world Updated: Dec 04, 2010 23:33 IST
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With less than six weeks remaining for its mission in Nepal to leave the country, United Nations feels that the fragile peace process in the Himalayan nation is at a critical phase.

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) is scheduled to exit Nepal on January 15 next year but key issues related to integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants are yet to be addressed.

“Peace process in Nepal is moving into a critical period…it is important that a political agreement on integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army is reached soon,” said UN Under-Secretary General B Lynn Pascoe.

Pascoe who concluded his two-day trip to Nepal on Saturday had a series of meeting with all parties involved in the peace process and stressed on the need to complete it within the remaining period.

He, however, maintained that despite UNMIN’s exit, UN would continue to be engaged with political developments in Nepal for the next three years to make sure that the peace process reaches a logical conclusion.