New consensus needed in Nepal for peace

BRUSSELS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Advancing the peace plan in Nepal will require opposition parties to rebuild a consensus, according to a report released by the International Crisis Group.

The Belgium-based independent non-governmental organization said in a report released Thursday that while a cease-fire in Nepal has held up, future peace in the country is under threat from widespread impunity, insecurity and a breakdown in a consensus between the governing Maoists and the opposition Nepali Congress.


The report, titled "Nepal's Faltering Peace Process," said that while the recent election was a success and the writing of a constitution has begun, without a new consensus, maintaining peace is a growing challenge. Crisis Group officials called on the international community to recognize the fragile stability in Nepal and provide fresh support to prevent a collapsed peace process.

"A successfully completed peace process could have broad positive effects for the Nepalese people and for the region," Robert Templer, Crisis Group Asia program director, said in a statement.

"The need is for carefully targeted assistance and political pressure."

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