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UN concerned over Nepal govt`s move for fresh Army recruitment

Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 18:52

Kathmandu: Ahead of the UN Security Council meet to review Nepal´s fragile peace process, a top official of the world body has underlined the need for the government to strictly abide by the agreement that ended the decade-long civil war in the country.
Karin Landren, the chief of the United Nations Mission in Nepal that is tasked to monitor the peace process, met Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and expressed concern over the government`s move to deviate from the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Vidya Bhandari, Defence Minister in the 22-party Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (UML)-led alliance, has said the government would resume recruitment to the military this month to fill up the vacancies.

Landren, during the meeting with Nepal, expressed concern over Bhandari`s statement to begin fresh recruitment. Bhandari had earlier even sought the review of CPA signed in November 2006 between then Nepal Government and the Maoists.

I raised the question about the remarks of the Defence Minister during the meeting with the Prime Minister and he emphasised that the government respected and will abide by the CPA, Landgren told reporters after her meeting with the Prime Minister yesterday.

She asked the political parties to refrain from making any provocative and aggressive statements. The CPN needs to be implemented and respected by all parties, the UN official underlined.

The Maoists claim that fresh recruitment would be a violation of the CPA.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 18:52
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