UN special envoy sparks row with "wild" comments to UNSC

UN Special Envoy Karin Landgren has sparked a row in Nepal with her "wild" comments during a key briefing to the Security Council.

Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 18:26 PM IST

Kathmandu: UN Special Envoy Karin Landgren
has sparked a row in Nepal with her "wild" comments during a
key briefing to the Security Council, where she warned that
there was a real risk to the peace process amid fears of a new
Maoists` revolt and an army-backed coup in the country.

The government has strongly objected to the analysis
and comments made by UNMIN chief Landgren, describing some
parts of here statement highly objectionable and based on
malicious rumors and pure conjecture.

"The indication of a possible failure of the peace
process, President’s rule and army backed coup are not only
unthinkable but also wild comments," the government said in a
statement.

Nepal`s Permanent Representative Mission at the United
Nations in New York flayed the US envoy for spreading
"malicious rumors and pure conjecture."

Gyan Chandra Acharya, made a statement in the Security
Council on Thursday refuting the analysis of Landgren for
possible failure of the peace process or the uncertainties in
Nepal following the withdrawal of UNMIN, Rastriya Samachar
Samiti (RSS), the state-run news agency reported today.

Acharya has written to the members of the Security
Council expressing strong objections to the parts of the
statement made by Landgren as baseless conjecture.

Days ahead of the exit of the UN agency tasked to
monitor Nepal`s peace process, Landgren on January 5 warned
that there was a real risk to the reconciliation effort, amid
fears of a new Maoists` revolt in the country.

Landgren told the UNSC that the peace process in that
nation is still incomplete and the political process
"virtually deadlocked" following the resignation of Prime
Minister Madhav Nepal in June 2010.

In a briefing to the UNSC, the chief of the United
Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) warned that there was a real
risk that failure would become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

"It`s not clear what will happen after UNMIN (UN
Mission in Nepal) withdraws," Landgren told the powerful
Security Council, which India joined as its non-permanent
member after 19 years on the first day of its formal meeting.

She cited fears among many Nepalese about the prospect
of a people`s revolt, which remained an explicit Maoist
threat.

There were also fears of President Ram Baran Yadav
stepping in, as recently called for by the Vice-President,
should the parties fail to find a way forward, or of an
army-backed coup.

Any such measures would sorely threaten peace and
Nepal`s fragile democracy, she warned.

The mandate of UNMIN, which was established by the
world body as a special political mission in 2007 to manage
the arms and armed personnel of the Maoists and the Nepal
Army, is set to expire on January 15, 2011. It has started the
process to begin the pullout from the country.

PTI