Kathmandu, December 18:

Leaders of the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and Nepali Congress (Democratic) today said the United Nations’ monitoring team should arrive in Nepal at the earliest to start the management and monitoring of arms and the armies.

“The UN should cut down on bureaucratic procedures and send its monitoring team as per the agreement reached between the government and the Maoists on August 9 so that the interim constitution can be promulgated soon,” Ram Chandra Poudel, general secretary of the Nepali Congress, said at the Reporters’ Club.

UML standing committee member Ishwor Pokharel said the UN team must play its role effectively and expeditiously for the management of arms. “We cannot wait long for the UN to complete its bureaucratic procedures as in other conflict-hit countries,” Pokharel said, adding that Nepal’s political parties had accomplished their job on time and the UN also needed to do its job on time.

Pokharel stressed the need to develop a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) among the parties concerned to run the interim administration. He said the PM must rise above the partisan interest and the regulations concerning the functioning of the cabinet must be changed.

Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, a central leader of the NC-D, stressed the need to make the PM’s office more scientific and systematic, as it had a great responsibility until the conduct of the election in June. He also asked the UN team to expedite its work.

“Why does the UN team need to arrive here for making an assessment of the situation when a UN team is already here and the government and the Maoists have already given the world body terms of reference for the management of arms and armies?”

He asked the Maoist not to create hurdles in the establishment of police posts and urged the government to provide logistic support to the Maoist combatants in the camps.