Martin calls for resolution of political problems

Kathmandu, September 20:

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan’s personal representative to Nepal, Ian Martin, said here today that the UN is here only to assist and monitor the peace process, adding that the “Nepalis themselves should act to solve their political problems.”

The peace process will kick off formally once the UN team arrives here, Martin said.

Speaking at a talk programme organised by the Nepal Bar Association, Martin also urged parties concerned to address political problems so that the UN can assist in the technical aspects of the peace process.

Calling on members of the civil society, including lawyers, to monitor the peace process, Martin also stressed the need for the government and the Maoists to ink Human Rights and Peace agreement and Ceasefire agreement for the restoration of peace in the country. The UN can expedite the peace process based on such agreements, he said.

Management of Maoist combatants and the Nepali Army is crucial for the resolution of the crisis, he said. “The peace process in Nepal should be handled differently as the crisis plaguing Nepal is of a different nature,” he said, responding to queries fielded by lawyers about his role in transforming the conflict here.

He also called the lawyers and their umbrella organisation, Nepal Bar Association to help the UN for the process. President of the Nepal Bar Association Shambhu Thapa, senior advocates Bishwokanta Mainali, Krishna Prasad Bhandari and Indrajit Tiwari assured Martin that the lawyers’ body would assist the UN in the peace process.