UNMIN is biased: NC

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress (NC) on Tuesday expressed serious concern about what it dubbed as the “partiality” of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) in the process of verifying Maoist combatants and urged its chief Karin Landgren to review the process.

The NC also accused the UNMIN of submitting a wrong report to the Security Council recently that it had earlier consented to sack CoAS Rookmangud Katawal. NC's acting president Sushil Koirala expressed deep regrets with UNMIN chief about the issue.

NC leader Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat said, “The UNMIN has been lenient towards the Maoists, while it has not taken the issues raised by other political parties seriously.”

Acting president Sushil Koirala said that the UNMIN's role had come into question after Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal's videotape revealed the actual number of combatants to be around 7,000. The UNMIN chief, however, refused to buy the allegations. “I am confident that the UNMIN was is not biased,” she said.