Implementation of pacts must for peace process in Nepal: UN official

November 16th, 2007 - 7:56 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Nov 16 (ANI): Ian Martin, chief of the United Nations Mission in Nepal, today said that the lack of proper mechanism to monitor the implementation of past agreements has brought the peace process on a crucial stage.
“The weaknesses of implementation of commitments so far indicate that mechanism for negotiations and follow-up could be more systematic and effective,” Nepalnews quoted Martin, as saying.
Martin, however, expressed hope that the upcoming parliament session and the ongoing dialogue among the party leaders would show a way out of the prevailing uncertainties.
Despite reports that India and China are not positive about extending the term of the UN Mission in Nepal, Martin said the diplomats from both the countries he met earlier have not talked of any such complaints.
Observing that children have been identified within the Maoist army, Martin said that steps have not been taken to discharge them from the cantonments.
He stressed on the need to separate children from combatants as per the peace agreement.
Martin listed three priorities necessary to sustain the peace process in Nepal — unity among the seven parties; review of the peace process and implementation of agreements; and improvement in management and procedures of the peace process.
Martin said that the parties, based on a frank assessment of the experiences of the past year, need to develop a new sense of common vision for the peace process and a realistic and effective roadmap of actions required for successful Constituent Assembly elections.
Martin also expressed dismay over the continued extortion, abductions and killings in Terai region, including by the members of the Maoist party. (ANI)

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