Govt urges UN to select capital for FPU training

KATHMANDU: The government has proposed the United Nations to establish a regional training centre in Kathmandu for providing necessary training and orientation to Formed Police Unit (FPU).

The UN has been deploying FPUs at UN peace keeping missions in many conflict- hit countries.

Home Minister Bhim Rawal made such a proposal at a ministerial level meeting of the 78th Interpol General Assembly that concluded in Singapore on October 13.

The meeting issued a declaration which has called for a close partnership between the UN and Interpol in building sustainable peace and security, and to ensure the growing demands for effective international policing in post-conflict environments.

Minister Rawal further added that UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr Alain Le Roy was positive about establishing such a centre in Kathmandu.

According to Rawal, Roy appreciated Nepal's contribution at peace keeping missions in different nations.

"We also discussed on increasing the number of the police personnel in the peace keeping missions," the minister said.

Likewise, the UN has expressed concerns over the corruption case related to the purchase of logistics supply for the FPU of Nepal Police stationed in Sudan.

The state affairs committee of the parliament is investigating into the incident. Minister Rawal added that he informed the Roy about the investigation. Roy also urged Rawal to replace the damaged equipments of Nepal's FPU at Sudan.

Similarly, Nepal also proposed the deployment of some senior police officers at Interpol. Roland K Noble, general secretary of Interpol said that it was not possible immediately.

During the meeting, Minister Rawal also held bilateral talks with his Singaporean counterpart.