UNMIN tenure extended for six months

UNSC urges SPA to implement CPA

Kathmandu, January 24:

The UN Security Coun cil yesterday extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Nepal for next six months and urged the seven-party alliance to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in November 2006.

“Following Nepal government’s request and based on the Secretary-General’s recommendation, the Council decides to renew the UNMIN mandate until July 23 this year,” the Council Resolution 1796 adopted yesterday stated.

“The UNSC expresses full support for the CPA and calls upon all parties to maintain momentum in its implementation, to continue constructive engagement with the United Nations and to work together to progress to the Constituent Assembly election,” the

Resolution stated.

Soon after the Council decision to renew the mandate, UNMIN Chief Ian Martin exphasised on the urgency for real dialogues with commitment to implement past agreements reached between the groups.

The UNSC encourages all parties to take full advantage of the expertise and readiness

of UNMIN to support the peace process in Nepal, the Resolution stated, while requesting the parties in Nepal to take the necessary steps to promote the safety, security and freedom of movement of UNMIN and associated personnel in executing the tasks defined in the mandate.

Inclusion of traditionally marginalised groups in the CA polls is significant to ensuring the April 10 election, Martin told the press at the UN Headquarters in New York.

He is expected to return Kathmandu on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the UNMIN office in Kathmandu today quoted Martin as saying: “It ought to be possible to reach a basis of agreement for the participation of all groups in the CA election because there is a common desire that such an election should be held.”

“But to achieve that, the dialogue needs to be urgent, it needs to be real and there needs to be a commitment to implement all the agreements,” UNMIN spokesperson Kieran Dwyer said quoting Martin.

UNMIN is optimistic that the twice-postponed CA elections would be staged successfully on April 10, given the desire of ordinary Nepalis for peace and democracy and the political leaders’ demonstrated capacity for dialogue, Martin said in his statement.

Martin added that for the mission to complete its tasks in the next six months, it was important that more durable and long-term arrangements are established, particularly regarding arms-management so that its activities can be phased out.

He also lauded the 23-point agreement between the seven-party alliance.