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UN mission in Nepal irks all before exit

A smooth transition and a quiet exit are what United Nations expected as its special mission leaves Nepal in a week. Utpal Parashar reports.

world Updated: Jan 08, 2011 13:47 IST
Utpal Parashar

A smooth transition and a quiet exit are what United Nations expected as its special mission leaves Nepal in a week.

But the UN mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has irked most power centres in this Himalayan nation with its predictions on President's rule, revolt by opposition Maoists or a military-backed coup.

These were the likely outcomes outlined by UNMIN chief Karin Landgren in her last report to Security Council if parties in Nepal failed to conclude the peace process once the UN body departs.

Terming them as "wild comments", the analysis was immediately slammed by Nepal's permanent representative to UN, Gyan Chandra Acharya, as "malicious rumours and pure conjecture".

The government also objected to Landgren's statement that UNMIN's departure would leave a gap in monitoring of the 19,000 Maoist combatants staying in cantonments.

The Nepal government has already constituted a special committee to take over UNMIN's monitoring role and address integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist rebels.

"No evil will befall the nation without UNMIN," caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal stated on Friday.

In separate meetings with Nepal and Constituent Assembly chairman Subhash Nemwang, President Ram Baran Yadav also debunked the theory about imposition of presidential rule.

Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is still insisting on another extension of UNMIN's tenure, termed Landgren's statement on a possible revolt by his party as "market gossip."

Despite making statements about a peoples' revolt if the peace process and constitution drafting are not completed on schedule, Dahal said there is no likelihood of such an eventuality immediately.

Stressing on its commitment to democracy, the Nepal Army too rejected possibility of a military-backed coup and termed Landgren's hypothesis as "baseless and unthinkable."

Set up in 2007 as part of a peace deal at the end of the civil war, UNMIN's role was limited to conducting general elections and monitoring arms and personnel of Nepal Army and Maoists.

Nepal's peace process is stuck due to differences between parties on integration of Maoist combatants into security forces and UNMIN, which got several extensions, is due to withdraw on January 15.