UN chief threatens to end role of UNMIN in Nepal peace mission

UN chief Ban Ki-moon Wednesday warned that the world body may end its political mission in Nepal unless deadlocked political parties ended the the standoff over government formation.

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 12:14 PM IST

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon Wednesday warned that the world body may end its political mission in Nepal unless deadlocked political parties ended the
the standoff over government formation and discussed the
future of the UNMIN in the country.

Ban’s warning over the future of UNMIN appears in his
latest report to the UN Security Council, which is considering
its extension beyond September 15.

Ban said UN would consider withdrawal if Nepal did not
quickly form a government and hold talks on the UN mission.

"I will propose alternative measures to the (Security)
Council, including the possible termination of UNMIN`s
mandate," Ban said in a report to the Security Council.

"I call on the parties to invest greater effort in
serious and sustained political dialogue," he was quoted as
saying in the media.

The tenure of United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN)
is set to end on September 15 even as the country has been in
political limbo since the June 30 resignation of Nepal, who is
currently heading a caretaker government.

For the seventh time in a row, Nepalese lawmaker
failed to elect a new prime minister today.

Maoist supremo Prachanda failed to become Nepal`s new
Prime Minister, as a breakaway group of Madheshi MPs, whose
support he was banking on, opted to stay away from voting in
Parliament at the last moment.

110 lawmakers voted against him, while 159 stayed
neutral. His rival Ramchandra Poudyal of the Nepali Congress
fared no better barely managing to hold on to his party`s vote
bank of 119.

Lawmakers will again meet on September 26 for the next
round of poll.
"Should these discussions offer neither clarity over
the role of the Mission nor any prospect of consensus among
the parties to the CPA and AMMAA (Agreement on Management and
Monitoring of Arms and Armies) regarding a realistic and
time-bound fulfilment of their commitments concerning the
armies and the phasing out of UNMIN monitoring, then I will
propose alternative measures to the Council, including the
possible termination of UNMINs mandate," Ban said in the
report circulated to UN Security Council members only.

The world body established the UNMIN as a special
political mission in 2007 with a mandate to manage the arms
and armed personnel of the Maoists and the Nepal Army.
Its term has so far been renewed six times and expires on
September 15.
Most of Nepal`s ruling parties are in favour of
extending the term of UNMIN, but with a changed mandate so as
to ensure that the army is kept out of its monitoring.

PTI