The United Nations has extended its mission in Nepal for another six months, asking the government and political parties of the Himalayan state to work together to ensure rehabilitation of the Maoist army cadres.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) has extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) until July 23 this year on Nepal's request, a press release issued by UNMIN said.
The Security Council considered Nepal's request following a briefing by the Secretary-General's Special Representative to Nepal Ian Martin.
The Council called upon the government of Nepal to create conditions conducive for completion of UNMIN's activities by the end of the current mandate.
Unanimously adopting the resolution 1864 at UN headquarters on Friday, the Council endorsed the United Nations Secretary-General's recommendations for a phased, gradual drawdown and withdrawal of UNMIN staff, the press release added.
While deciding to renew the mandate the UN Security Council welcomed the establishment of the Special Committee for the supervision, integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist army personnel.
Appreciating the progress achieved so far, the UNSC called upon all political parties in Nepal to expedite the peace process, and to continue to work together in a spirit of co-operation, consensus and compromise.
UNMIN has Requested the parties in Nepal to take the necessary steps to promote the safety, security and freedom of movement of UNMIN and associated personnel in executing the tasks defined in the mandate.