Friday, July 31, 2009

Don't undermine peace accord: UNMIN tells NA, Maoist PLA

Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Nepal and head of UNMIN, Karin Landgren, speaking to journalists in a press conference in Kathmandu after returning from UN headquarters where she attended the Security Council meeting, Friday, July 31

United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has advised both Nepal Army (NA) and Maoists' People's Liberation Army (PLA) against engaging in any provocative acts that could will be in direct violation of the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed in 2006 between the government and erstwhile CPN (Maoist).

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Chief of UNMIN Karen Landgren said her organisation discourages any such acts by the two armies that breach the peace accord. She said that top party leaders have already assured that they are committed to the CPA.

Landgren had met Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepali Congress President Girija Prasad Koirala and Unified CPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Thursday evening.

The remark comes amidst a new round of political dispute that was sparked off by Defense Minister Bidhya Bhandari requesting the Indian government in New Delhi to resume its military assistance to Nepal.

Bhandari has said that the Indian government is positive about her request and may soon resume the military assistance that had remained stalled after King Gyanendra took over executive powers in 2005.

The Maoist leadership has seriously condemned Minister Bhandari's plea to India to resume army supply.

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