Lack of commitment worries diplomats

KATHMANDU: Kathmandu-based envoys of countries represented on the United Nations Security Council have expressed concerns over the lack of concrete progress on delivering the commitments to take the peace process to its logical conclusion.

"They called on all sides to intensify dialogue and to demonstrate necessary flexibility to reach political agreement," the British Embassy stated in a press release here today.

The envoys had held a meeting on August 11, with the UN Secretary General's Representative, Karin Landgren, when the latter briefed them on the UNSC's decision to extend the mandate of UNMIN and the expected steps to follow. According to the release, the heads of mission welcomed the commitments made by the government to take the peace process to its conclusion, in particular those to reconstitute the Special Committee and to establish an action plan in consultation with all political parties to discharge the disqualified Maoist combatants, among others.

"The discharge of the disqualified, in particular, remains an important indicator of the willingness of all the parties to make a progress," stated the release.

The British Ambassador and the Charges d' Affaires of France, Japan, Russia and the US attended the meeting.