Political parties in Nepal need to agree on a peaceful way to move forward with their constitutional and peace negotiations as the May 28 deadline for Nepal to draft a new constitution approaches, the head of the U.N. mission in the country said after meeting with the Security Council. Karin Landgren told reporters that the Security Council is encouraging Nepal’s government to implement a structured timetable for the rehabilitation and reintegration of Maoist army personnel. A standoff in peace and constitutional negotiations prompted the Maoist party to stage a nationwide strike in early May. The strike has been called off, Landgren says.
Aid agencies urged Nepal to improve its water and sanitation measures to prevent the outbreak of diarrhea, which claims hundreds of lives every year, IRIN says. World Food Program country representative Richard Ragan said the coming rainy season is an especially critical period that the government needs to prepare for.