January 15, 2011 by staff
Commitments, With the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) attached to the end of his four years in the Himalayan country tomorrow at midnight, the Security Council reaffirmed its support for the peace process and urged the interim government Nepal and all political parties to “redouble their efforts to continue to work together in the spirit of consensus to fulfill the commitments par”qu’ils took the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and other agreements.”
In a statement (document S/PRST/2011/1) read by Ivan Barbal? Bosnia-Herzegovina, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for the month, the Government of Nepal and all political parties were invited to “quickly resolve” outstanding issues concerning the peace process.
The Council established the Kathmandu-based special political mission, UNMIN in 2006 at the request of the government of the day Seven Party Alliance and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). He was charged with monitoring the cease-fire between the two parties and the management of arms and armed personnel of the Nepalese Maoists and the army. The parties themselves were to complete the reintegration and rehabilitation of thousands of former Maoist rebels, or with the Nepal Army and police in other sectors.
Pledging its continued support for the ongoing peace process, the Council of the statement today, urged Nepal to fulfill its new constitution within the period provided to help build a better, more equitable and democratic for its people. He welcomed the continued commitment of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN agencies as they continued to support the peace process and the people of Nepal. Board members also thanked the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMIN, Karin Landgren and Mission staff for their efforts to help the Nepalese people; they worked to complete the peace process.
Today, a message from Secretary-General (Press Release SG/SM/13349-PKO/262) said that the decision of Council at the end of the mandate of UNMIN has been in line with September 1, 2010 Agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Maoists in which they committed themselves to substantially complete the remaining tasks of the peace process before January 15. Unfortunately, he said, insufficient progress has been made. It therefore encourages the parties to redouble their efforts to make progress on all fronts of the peace process. He assured the people of Nepal that the UN would remain engaged in the peace process in Nepal through the United Nations Country Team for the county, and by the continued commitment of the Department of Political Affairs.
During his frank and thought farewell to the Council on January 5 (SC/10145 Press), Ms. Landgren warned that it was unclear who would take over the monitoring functions of the mission once its doors were closed. In fact, she warned that political wrangling on this issue and the slow progress on the peace process has strengthened the hand of those on all sides who ridiculed as counterproductive, meaning that failure could “become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
“Although Nepal is a dramatic political gains are not likely to be reversed, the risks have clearly increased,” she told the Council. There had been some fears among many Nepalis at the prospect of “revolt of the people,” one that has remained an explicit threat Maoist; the President in the building or a coup backed by the army. “Such measures would severely threaten the fragile peace and democracy in Nepal, she said, noting that under the strong and sustained support of the Secretary-General in recent years, the UN remains engaged and continue to contribute to the success of the peace process.
The Council began its work today with a minute of silence to mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti January 12, 2010, and to honor the memory of those who were killed or wounded that day.
The meeting began at 10:12 ET ended at 10:14 am
The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2011/1 reads as follows:
“As the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) completed his preparations for his departure January 15, 2011, the Security Council expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the Representative, Karin Landgren and UNMIN team for their efforts to help the people of Nepal, they work to complete the peace process.
“The Security Council reaffirms its support for the peace process and urges the interim government of Nepal and all political parties to redouble their efforts to continue to work together in a spirit of consensus to fulfill the commitments” they have done in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and other agreements, and quickly resolve outstanding issues in the peace process. The Security Council encourages Nepal to fulfill its new constitution on time to help to build a better, fairer and more democratic for its people.
“The Security Council welcomes the ongoing commitment of the Secretary General and United Nations agencies as they continue to be favorable to the peace process and the people of Nepal.
“The Security Council will continue to support the peace process in Nepal.”
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