Foreign envoys ask Nepal govt to end lawlessness

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 19:31

Kathmandu: Concerned over the worsening law
and order situation in Kathmandu, envoys of 21 friendly
countries, including India have asked Nepal government to take
effective measures to ensure security in the country.

The representatives of USA, China, India, UK, Germany and
other countries, met the Home Minister Bhim Rawal yesterday
and expressed concern over the rising tendency of blocking
roads in case of minor accidents, robbery and even thefts.

They asked the government to take steps to stop such
incidents, according to officials.

Deputy Chief of Mission Alok Sinha represented the Indian
embassy at the meeting, where representatives of various donor
agencies including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United
Nations Office and Japan International Cooperation Agency
(JICA) were also present.

The visitors drew the government`s attention towards
ending impunity, improving law and order in the country and
doing away with anarchy and lawlessness, Home Ministry
official Ekmani Nepal said.

Noting that the peace process cannot move forward and
development works cannot be carried in the absence of law and
order, the envoys said that security of the diplomatic
missions in Kathmandu should be ensured.

Meanwhile Malaysian envoy Ilankonav Kolanadbhelu gave the
Home Minister an account of three recent thefts in the
embassy.

Rawal assured the foreign representatives of improving
the situation, saying that the government was working out a
new security policy.

The reaction of the envoys came at a time when UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a report on Nepal to the
Security Council noted that law and order has remained a
matter of serious concern, especially the Tarai in southern
plains of the country, where many armed groups are active.

He expressed concern over incidents of tension and
violent clashes between Maoist affiliated Young Communist
League (YCL) and cadres of other political parties.

Ban also mentioned the May 23 bombing in a Catholic
Church in Kathmandu, which killed three people while scores
were injured.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 19:31

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