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UN Security Council holds consultations on Nepal

world Updated: Jul 21, 2009 13:37 IST

The UN Security Council has held consultations on the recommendation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to extend the Council's mandate in Nepal by six months until January 23, 2010.

Karin Landgren, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Nepal, briefed Council members on the Secretary-General's new report on Nepal's request for UN assistance in support of its peace process.

In the report, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, says that the two major tasks at the current stage of the peace process are the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist army personnel and the drafting of a new constitution.

Ban in his report informed the Security Council that the Nepalese Government has asked for a further six-month extension of the UN Mission there.

Accordingly, Ban has recommended that the Council extend its mandate by six months, until 23 January 2010.

"There is near unanimity that it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to meet the prescribed time frame of May 2010 for the promulgation of a new constitution," he said.

Arriving at a consensus on the form of federalism to be adopted, which will both address the aspirations of traditionally marginalized groups and ensure the unity of the country, will no doubt be a major challenge, the report said.