The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has sent a letter to the United Nations on Thursday, September 9, 2010, disagreeing with the Nepal government’s request to extend the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN)’s tenure by four months only.
Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, nom de guerre Prachanda, asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to extend the UNMIN term by six months from September 15. The UN body’s sixth term is expiring in mid-September.
In the letter, he appreciated UNMIN’s role and said the Maoist party thinks that the Mission should stay in Nepal till the conclusion of peace process.
In his letter, Prachanda has said, “In the peace process of Nepal, there is a section of elements, which are always against peace, constitution and agreement. This section has been making ill-efforts to defame UNMIN and bring
its role in an unnecessary debate. We strongly urge that government should not fall under the influence of those elements.”
Saying the previous mandate of UNMIN should be continued, Prachanda said the Maoists are “cautious that there should be no any dispute between Nepali Army and the Maoist Army Combatant.” “We are ready to resolve the disputes through mutual understanding.”