Nepal gov’t asks UN to close political affairs unit in country

 

KATHMANDU, June 11 (Xinhua) – The Nepali government has asked the United Nations (UN) to close its Department of Political Affairs (DPA) unit based in Kathmandu with immediate effect, a spokesman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here on Monday.

Bharat Raj Paudyal, spokesman at the ministry, told Xinhua that a recent meeting of the Council of Ministers presided over by Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli took a decision to shut down the UN DPA unit based in Kathmandu.

“The government has asked the United Nations to shut down its political affairs unit. We appreciate the role played by the United Nations in our peace process,” the spokesman said.

The government has informed the UN in writing regarding its decision through diplomatic channel, the spokesman added.

The UN political unit had been in operation as the residual office of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) after the UNMIN’s exit from the country since January 2011.

The government decision has come amid reports that the UN political unit courted controversy over its involvement in various unwarranted activities including supporting some separatist groups in Nepal. However, the UN political unit officials have denied such charges.

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