Role-hungry statements from the UN will only complicate matters. An excerpt from an article published in the Kathmandu Post:
If two of the capital’s most notorious gangsters- Milan Gurung alias Chakre Milan, and Rajib Gurung aka Dipak Manange, both of who are in prison now- were to form a political party, continue with their criminal activities and then say that they would talk with the government only under UN supervision, would the UN jump in?
By Damakanta Jaishi
Have a look at the UN’s official news portal. On Oct 23, it carried excerpts from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report to the United Nations Security Council: “The past year saw unity among eight key Nepalese parties tested by their failure to carry out agreements, including those covering responsibilities toward cantoned Maoist personnel and the return of properties seized during the 10-year conflict.” Secretary-General recommends a review of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and its implementation. “The shortcomings and enduring strengths of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement need to be assessed in order to build on its achievements,” he writes.
Not only this, all the press statements and conferences, whether out of New York or Kathmandu, started laying equal blame on the SPA and the CPN (Maoist) for bottlenecks in the peace process and the second postponement of the constituent assembly election. Perhaps, the UN’s absolute neutrality demands that the blame be shared equally.
This is the second example of the UN overstepping its mandate. The first one was responding to Jaya Krishna Goit’s demand to talk to the government only under the United Nations’ supervision. The UN duly obliged, saying it was ready to play a role if everyone agreed to it.
It is very easy these days to indulge in crime, wear a political apron and say that they will talk only if their demands are met. This is what is happening in the tarai. Both factions of the JTMM – whether led by Goit or Nagendra Kumar Paswan (Jwala Singh) – are criminal gangs who are killing people and have made the lives of people miserable with their extortion demands. By offering to mediate, the UN only encourages these criminals.
Carrying out murder and extortion under cover of political demands has immense benefits as well. And if it has a communal angle (in this case Pahade-Madhesi), all the better. Not only do the government and its police force hesitate to take the necessary action because the criminal gang is a political outfit, but they also remain paralyzed because of the fear of causing communal violence. (article in detail)