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Nepal to ask for extension of UNMIN’s term

December 24, 2009

Nepal will ask the UN to extend its mission in the country, currently monitoring the Maoists arms and its personnel, for four more months, to take the peace process to its logical end, a minister said on Thursday.

The tenure of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) that is monitoring the ongoing peace process in the country since 23rd January, 2007 will expire on 23rd January, 2010.

“The government will ask the United Nations to extend the tenure of for another four months,” Minister for Information and Communication Shanker Pokharel told journalists after a cabinet meeting.

The government is tentatively planning to conclude the peace process before the deadline of drafting the new constitution expires on 28th May, 2010.

Earlier ten political parties belonging to the ruling alliance have asked the government to extend the tenure of UNMIN for another four month.

“We have decided to extend the term of the UNMIN to complete the rehabilitation and integration of the Maoist combatants,” Pokharel said.

The UNMIN headed by United Nations Secretary General’s Representative Karen Landgren is currently monitoring the arms and the soldiers of the Maoists confined in seven main cantonments and 21 sub-cantonments.

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