KATHMANDU, JUL 13 -The government of Nepal on Monday raised serious objection to the non-paper prepared by the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) proposing a 60-week timeline for the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist combatants.
The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction sent a letter to UNMIN Chief Karin Landgren on Monday and said it was “deeply concerned” about news published in The Kathmandu Post and Kantipur dailies on Friday on UNMIN’s work plan for the integration and rehabilitation of the combatants.
The letter sent by Bishnu Prasad Nepal, the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction, says the preparation of such an action plan is solely the work of the Special Committee for the Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist combatants.
“We are deeply concerned about the publication of such news on a matter that is under the consideration of the Special Committee,” states the letter.
“We are also concerned about the content of the published draft which proposes a 60-week time frame to complete integration and rehabilitation of combatants. In such a time, when serious discussions are on in this issue at the national level, publication of such news by UNMIN is objectionable.”
Last month, UNMIN had distributed the ‘Hypothetical Timeline for Integration and Rehabilitation of Maoist Combatants’ to leaders of three major political parties—UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML—for discussion. NC leader Ram Sharan Mahat and Maoist leader Barsha Man Pun, who are members of the special committee, had also taken part in the discussion.
Peace and Reconstruction Minister Rakam Chemjong said the government had sent the letter to caution UNMIN not to act beyond its mandate. “We have sent a letter to tell UNMIN that its non-paper on the integration is unauthorized,” Chemjong told the Post.
UNMIN Spokesman Kosmos Biswokarma said the mission had received the letter from the government and would forward its response at an appropriate time.
“UNMIN is not a decision-making body. We have provided the non-paper as a reference material for the leaders to take the integration and rehabilitation process ahead,” added Biswokarma.
UNMIN has said the preparation of the non-paper is not a breach of the jurisdiction, as the mission is here with a mandate to assist the peace process.
“We can offer suggestions and facilitate the parties for early completion of the peace process, but it is up to the parties to take a final decision”, he said, adding that the UN’s political body has been seeking progress on the peace process front for its early exit.
Source: KOL NEWS