US committed to assist Nepal after UNMIN`s exit in January

The US has said it is committed to lend any possible support to Nepal`s peace process after the United Nation`s mission exits the country.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 00:20 AM IST

Kathmandu: The US has said it is committed to lend any possible support to Nepal`s peace process after the United Nation`s mission exits the country.

The UNMIN`s extended tenure is set to expire on January 15, 2011.

US Ambassador to Nepal Scott H DeLisi during a meeting with deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala conveyed his country`s willingness to support the peace process.

"I wanted to reaffirm to her the US government`s commitment to work with Nepal to support the peace process any way we can, especially in the light of UNMIN`s departure in January," the US Ambassador told Republica, a national daily during an interview.

UNMIN has been assisting in Nepal`s peace process and monitoring the former Maoist combatants for the last four years.

He told the daily that the US government is absolutely committed to support the process of integration and rehabilitation of the People`s Liberation Army of the Maoists.

Nepal government is seeking assistance from donor countries to financially support its plan to manage over 19,000 Maoist combatants.

The ups and downs notwithstanding, the US would like to see momentum in the process of integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants, said the US envoy who has just returned from a visit to Washington DC where he briefed the US administration about the latest situation in Nepal.

"The US government would increase aid in sectors of agriculture, health and economic development," Foreign Minister Koirala told reporters after her meeting with the US envoy.

PTI

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