Chief of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ian Martin has welcomed the extension of unilateral ceasefire by the Maoists and urged the government to reciprocate it.
Speaking at a program in capital on Saturday, Martin said, "It is equally important that the government reciprocate the ceasefire and stop violations of human rights and humanitarian laws in the period ahead," he added.
Martin reiterated the UN’s willingness to mediate in the peace process if asked by the government and the concerned parties.
“The UN has played a post-conflict role in some countries and it is up to the government and the people to consider what role it should play in Nepal,” he said.
Saying that the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the Maoist truce, he suggested the government to follow the path of peace.
Martin urged the government to end its military operations and asked the rebels to put an end to abductions that were carried out even during the period of the unilateral truce. He said there was no military solution to the ongoing conflict.Stating that the media ordinance and code of conduct for NGOs recently introduced by the government was against human rights, Martin said, "The UN is closely monitoring the situation in Nepal."
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