The Nepal government and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) arrived at a four-point agreement late on Monday night, including on the future of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN). Both sides have agreed to request the Security Council to extend UNMIN's term “for the final time for a period of four months”, under the same mandate.

The two sides also agreed to finalise and implement documents prepared by the Special Committee on the management, integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants. This would require the Maoists to sign a code of conduct for the combatants, a plan of action for their management, and directives related to monitoring.

The Maoists have agreed to place the combatants under the special committee “without delay” and share their details with the committee. The two sides also agreed to finish all remaining tasks of the peace process by January 14, 2011, which is when UNMIN's mandate will finally expire. Informally, the Maoists have also agreed to be “sensitive” to the Nepal Army's operational issues, including movement, arms procurement, and recruitment.

Earlier, the government and the Maoists sent separate letters to the Security Council. While the government implied there was no longer any need for UNMIN to monitor the Nepal Army and asked for a four-month extension, the Maoists asked for a six-month extension under the same mandate.


The future of Nepal's two armiesSeptember 23, 2010

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