UN leader hails Nepal accord
Last Updated: Thursday, November 03, 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.


First Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 00:07

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