Nepal's battle with UN intensifies despite extension
Though the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to continue its assistance in Nepal's peace process for four more months, the government yesterday criticised the reports tabled by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and his representative in Nepal, Karin Landgren, as unbalanced and not treating Nepal as a sovereign country.
An eight-page statement issued by caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's office yesterday said the reports by Ban and Landgren, who heads the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) supervising the arms and combatants of the Nepal Army as well as opposition Maoists' guerrilla fighters, could damage Nepal's “excellent historic relationship with the UN' and tarnish UN organisations' reputation in Nepal.
The caretaker government has taken strong exception to Ban telling the UNSC that any changes in UNMIN's mandate should be discussed with a 'new duly-formed government'.
Nepal's Permanent Representative to the UN has already objected to it in New York while four former foreign ministers raised serious objections in Nepal over an official UN report questioning 'the legitimacy of the legally constituted government of Nepal', saying it went against the UN Charter's provisions on how to treat the governments of sovereign member states.