21 July 2006

Secretary-General Sends Team to Discuss Proposed United Nations Assistance in Peace Process

NEW YORK, 20 July (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

Recent developments have provided an unprecedented opportunity to achieve a negotiated political solution to Nepal's 10-year armed conflict.  With that in mind, the Secretary-General has decided to send a team to Nepal to discuss the proposed United Nations assistance in the peace process.  Through consultations with all concerned, the mission will seek a common understanding of the nature and scope of responsibilities the United Nations could undertake in the peace process.  The assessment team will be led by Staffan de Mistura, and is scheduled to be in Nepal between 26 July and 3 August.

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