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Conflicts in Nepal threatening stability

Jan. 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Ongoing conflicts between Nepal's armed forces and Maoist soldiers threaten recent democratic progress and stability in the country.

Ian Martin, the U.N. secretary-general's special representative for Nepal, said recently some of the agreements established in the peace agreement signed in Nepal in 2006 are not being smoothly implemented, the United Nations reported.

Martin said impunity for human-rights violations remains widespread and a controversy over the Nepalese army's recruitment practices and its recognition of the Maoist-led government authority remains an ongoing threat to the success of the peace agreement.

Martin called some of the progress being made in Nepal on committing itself to democratic norms and values "great achievements" but said that fundamentals of the peace deal are being eroded.

"The weakness of the peace process has been the failure to implement commitments made," Martin said in a statement.

"The need now is therefore not only for a renewed basis of understanding and cooperation, but also for a continuous mechanism for ensuring such implementation."

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