International community concerned over Nepal political crisis

Last Updated: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 22:14

Kathmandu: The international community
has expressed concern over the failure of the political
parties to implement key provisions of the 2006 peace pact
that has derailed the reconciliation process in the country.

Heads of missions of Western countries along with
Australia, Israel and Japan said that they were concerned at
the partial implementation of the Comprehensive Peace
Agreement (CPA), as the country marked the fourth anniversary
of the landmark pact that ended the decade-long civil war in
2006.

The foreign envoys said they were mainly concerned at
the lack of progress on the rehabilitation and integration of
former Maoist combatants with the security forces and
determining the structure of the Nepal Army.

They said it was never more urgent to address the
issue as the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN)
overseeing the Maoists 19,000 combatants was readying to pull
out of Nepal from January 15 next year.

The envoys also pointed out that the work of drafting
a new constitution was behind schedule and there was no
agreement on the future structure and governance of Nepal.

"Without rapid progress to a peaceful and stable
democracy, Nepal risks missing out on the economic and social
development, which its people desire," they said in a
statement.

However, the government blamed the Maoists for the
deadlock that has derailed the the peace process.

Even as accepting that the peace process cannot be
complete without concluding the task of managing the arms and
combatants of the Maoists, Communication Minister Shanker
Pokharel on Monday blamed the former rebels for the standoff.

The current political crisis was created as the
Maoists were not prepared to manage their combatants, he told
reporters in western Nepal’s Pokhara town.

The Maoists are feeling insecure without their
combatants, he said.

The security provided by the government to Maoist
leaders, including party chief Prachanda, is not less than
that provided to any other political leaders, he pointed out.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
in Nepal (OHCHR) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
yesterday jointly asked the government and the UCPN (Maoist)
not to delay the translation of key human rights commitments
into concrete measures.

The country has been in political limbo since the
June 30 resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. It
has stalled the country`s peace process. Despite a series of
polls, the parliament has been unable to elect a new leader,
prolonging the leadership crisis in the country.

The Maoists, who joined mainstream politics after the
2006 peace deal with the interim government led by GP
Koirala, formed a coalition government in 2008, but it
collapsed after a dispute with President Ram Baran Yadav over
their attempt to replace the then army chief Rukmangad Katwal.

PTI



First Published: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 22:14

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