17 March 2010
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) today committed £5 million (550 million NRS) in UKaid to be spent through the Nepal Peace Trust Fund (NPTF) in support of the peace process in Nepal.
To-date, the Fund has provided over $100 million to peace-related projects, including supporting two key achievements of the peace process: establishment and management of the Maoist army cantonments, and the successful constituent assembly elections in 2008.
Making the announcement, Head of DFID Nepal, Sarah Sanyahumbi said:
“I am pleased to announce new support of £5 million of UKaid to the Nepali peace process through the Nepal Peace Trust Fund. The NTPF is the key instrument for supporting the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist combatants, as well as providing support to the constitutional mechanisms related to truth and reconciliation, disappearance and elections. ”
“Progress on the peace process is essential for development, including tackling the really difficult issues of delivering a constitution and making progress on human rights, as it is only in a stable and peaceful Nepal that development can really start to deliver tangible improvements to the lives of poor people. We hope the key political issues can soon be resolved so that the NPTF is able to deliver its support quickly and effectively. The UK stands ready to help in any way it can to support Nepal at this critical time in its history.”
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