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Four more months

The government and Maoist leaders signed an agreement on Monday evening which extended UNMIN’s term by another four months, ending a bruising war of words between Nepal and the United Nations. Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal signed the four-point agreement which also commits the special committee to “urgently” implement […]

“Peace process at risk”

UNMIN Chief Karen Landgren has said the peace process is in risk because of the breakdown of consensus among the political parties. “After May 1, the situation is unpredictable, and may seriously endanger the peace process,” she said at a press conference on Friday. Landgren mentioned that she had met Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, […]

UNMIN extension

There has been no official confirmation yet but there are plenty of indications that the United Nations Missions to Nepal will remain here for a while. On Wednesday, the International Relations and Human Rights Committee of the parliament asked the government to extend its mandate, which is due to expire in a month. The Kathmandu […]

No love lost

B Lynn Pascoe has come and gone, but the ruckus between the government and UNMIN continues. On Wednesday, UNMIN Chief Karen Landgren wrote a letter to the government asking it to retract a statement made by Defence Minister Bidya Bhandari accusing the international agency of favouring the Maoists. According to Republica: Landgren sent a letter […]

Shaking confidence

Former prime minister and Nepali Congress president, Girija Prasad Koirala, has been admitted to Sahid Gangalal Heart Centre on Sunday evening after his health condition deteriorated. Doctors said the haemoglobin count on his blood had dropped and a blood transfusion was necessary. Koirala is suffering from chronic bronchitis. Meanwhile, Nepali Congress leaders were gathered at […]

Annals of human rights

The day 23 Tibetans exiles were handed over to the immigration authority for defying prohibitory orders and staging a protest against China, the United States released a damning report on China’s human rights record. Republica reports: The United States criticized China´s “worsening” human rights record accusing the communist country of torturing Tibetan “repatriated from Nepal” as […]

Enough is enough

United National Under Secretary General for Political Affairs B Lynn Pascoe said UNMIN is being blamed for the failure of political parties and cannot take responsibility for their inability to adhere to the peace agreement. Nepalnews reports: He claimed the remarks [made by government ministers and top politicians] over the performance of UNMIN in the […]