UN leader hails Nepal accord

Last Updated: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 00:07

United Nations: UN leader Ban Ki-moon hailed
Nepal`s rival factions on Wednesday for reaching a deal on the future
of rebel fighters that could see the country finally get a
post-civil war constitution.

Ban said former Maoist rebels and other political leaders
must "sustain" the new spirit of compromise and quickly carry
out their commitments, according to his spokesman Martin
Nesirky.

Ban "welcomes" the accord "on resolving the outstanding
issues related to the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist
combatants and the drafting of a new constitution," Nesirky
said in a statement.

The UN chief was also "encouraged by the decision to
establish the transitional justice mechanisms that had been
agreed upon in the Comprehensive Peace Accord" in Nepal.
Ban praised the rival political leaders "for having
worked in a spirit of compromise and consensus to reach this
agreement."

"He urges them to sustain this spirit of cooperation and
to speedily implement the commitments they have made," the
statement added.

The rival parties have agreed to compensation for
thousands of Maoist fighters and set November 30 as the target
date for completing the writing of a new constitution.
The impoverished Himalayan nation has barely had a
functioning government since the end of the 10-year conflict
in 2006 that claimed 16,000 lives.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 00:07
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