The United Nations called on Nepal to hold elections in a "peaceful atmosphere" following the shooting deaths of Maoists and a candidate as the tiny Himalayan kingdom prepared for the democratic vote. ( dpa )
The UN said at least seven Maoists and a Unified Marxist-Leninist candidate were killed this week. The opposition Maoists have tried to end the monarchy, but the two sides have agreed to cease fire under UN mediation.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged "all parties to exercise restraint and remain calm while cooperating to allow this election take place in a peaceful atmosphere."
He expressed appreciation that Nepalese leaders have shown a "strong commitment" to democracy and hard work by the Nepalese to strengthen the democratic process in their country.