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Multinational peace keeping military drill kicks off

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KATHMANDU — The multinational peace keeping military drill, Exercise Shanti Prayas III, hosted by Nepal Army and United States Pacific Command, kicked off at the Nepal Army’s Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre (BPOTC) in Panchkhal on Monday.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal inaugurated the event amid a function at Panchkhal that aims at enhancing peacekeeping capabilities of the army personnel from countries that send troops for the peacekeeping missions worldwide under the United Nations.

Inaugurating the the 15-day, Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachand’ said :”Nepal has been consistently supporting the UN efforts in the maintenance of international peace and security through continuous participation in the UN Peacekeeping missions.”

“The world has faith on the soldiers with blue helmets. The UN peacekeepers are the vanguard and one of the key tools of the international community to restore peace and security in the conflict-torn areas.”

Stating that Nepal’s foreign policy is based on the principles of the UN Charter, non-alignment, principles of Panchsheel and promotion of regional cooperation through South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC), PM Dahal said “At this time humanity is so much in need of peace, but we have a long way to go to achieve this.”

“In the midst of challenges, their dedication and devotion with professionalism, honesty and impartiality have made them beacon of the global peace. This is a moment that we solemnly remember those brave and self-less peacekeepers who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of world peace. On behalf of the Nepalese people I salute and pay homage to those valiant Nepalese and other peacekeepers of the world.”

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The Prime Minister, who is also the CPN Maoist Center Chair, expressed his hope that the exercise will enable all the participants to deliver their duties and responsibilities with professionalism and dedication to uphold the earned glory of their predecessors as UN peacekeepers.

The Exercise Shanti Prayas III, which means Peace Endeavour, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises in the Asia-Pacific region designed to promote regional peace and security, according to the Nepal Army.

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Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive

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KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.

Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.

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“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.

According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.

Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.

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