Denmark pledges $1m for peace process

Kathmandu, December 4:

Denmark has pledged $1 million for the Trust Fund to finance the United Nations peace mission in the country.

The decision follows discussion of UN support to the peace process in the UN Security Council.

According to the Danish embassy in Kathmandu, Denmark is also ready to support the UN peace mission with staff having civilian and military backgrounds.

“The Danish parliament has already approved Rs 500 million in 2007 for activities related to the peace process and the process of creating a new constitution in Nepal,” according to a press release issued here today.

It is also expected that the country will grant another Rs 500 million for the peace process in 2008.

According to the statement, the Danish minister for Development Cooperation who recently visited Nepal has stated: “I am pleased with the positive developments in Nepal, including the important step of the signing of a peace accord between the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoists.

Denmark has supported the efforts for peace with the Maoists and has always supported democracy and human rights in Nepal.”

Denmark supports the involvement of the UN in the peace process, including the monitoring of weapons, as requested by the government of Nepal and the Maoists, the statement added.