by H.E. Ambassador Bui The Giang,
Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam
at the UNSC debate on UNMIN/Nepal
New York, 18 July 2008
First of all, I wish to thank the Secretary-General for his Report and thank Mr. Ian Martin for his briefing.
We would like to congratulate Nepal and its people on recent positive political developments following the convening on 28 May of the Constituent Assembly, especially the active engagement of major Nepalese parties in political dialogues that resulted in the Agreement on 25 June 2008 to take forward the political process. In this connection, we call on all parties concerned to make full use of this momentum to push ahead the peace process of the country.
Experiences show that apart from threats in social security as the legacy of war, countries stepping out of a prolonged civil conflict have to cope with developmental challenges, damaged infrastructures, and weak institutional capacities. We share the common understanding that there remain challenges to peace and development in Nepal, for example, in building new governance institutions... let alone the recent rise in fuel prices, food shortages, and hence increasing poverty in the country.
Given those challenges and the multifaceted need for Nepal to sustain its post-conflict endeavors, it is necessary to take an integrated approach which requires not only political will and security measures but also social and economic development programs at all levels. The international community and donors also have a very important role to play in response to the request of the Nepalese Government. In the context, we welcome the efforts by the United Nations Country Team to put in effect the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Nepal in the 2008-2010 period, in which priority of the next phase is given to the successful implementation of concrete development actions that can bring about changes in the daily lives of the Nepalese people.
We also would like to commend the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) for the work it has done so far within its mandate, especially its electoral monitoring and technical assistance to the Election Commission, thus contributing significantly to the success of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly elections last April. Consistent in the position that since UNMIN was established on the request of the Nepalese Government, any decision on its mandate should be made with due consideration given to the proposal of Nepal, we therefore support the recommendation of the Secretary-General, based on the letter of 8 July 2008 from the Nepalese Mission, to extend UNMIN’s mandate for six months as a special political mission focused on monitoring arms and armed personnel to complete the peace process in Nepal. We take this opportunity to thank the UK Mission for preparing the draft resolution on UNMIN’s mandate, and look forward to its timely adoption.
Let me conclude by reiterating Viet Nam’s unswerving support for peace and development in Nepal. We are strongly convinced that with their ownership and self-determination, the authorities and people of Nepal will continue to make further achievements in consolidating peace and promoting socio-economic growth throughout the country.