Kathmandu, August 21:
Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs B Lynn Pascoe, who visited Nepal recently, has said that on the Truth and reconciliation process and the possibility of amnesty for ex-combatants, the UNMINâ€™s human rights section has been discussing the issue with the government, in particular â€œwhat the international community sees as acceptableâ€ in that regard.
He added that more discussions are needed, particularly with the civil society, before any decision on amnesty can be arrived at. â€œI think theyâ€™re well short of that part of the process yet,â€ he stated, adding: â€œI said when I was there that we donâ€™t believe people should be able to have immunity for crimes. Weâ€™ll see how this process goes. Weâ€™re in a dialogue with them on this issue.â€
Pascoe hailed the preparations for upcoming elections in Nepal and urged all political parties to ensure that the process remains on track.
â€œWeâ€™re getting all of the pieces of the election together. I think itâ€™s in good shape, and the real question now is everybody having the will to make it happen,â€ Pascoe said at a press briefing in New York yesterday. He underlined the importance of an open, fair and transparent election taking place on time.