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UNMIN to leave in a week

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

world Updated: Jan 08, 2011 23:01 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.

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.

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

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.”

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.