International community expresses concern over political developments in Nepal


Nepal Foreign Affairs (Kathmandu Jan 21): The International Community in Nepal has expressed serious concern over Nepal’s recent political developments.

Issuing a statement on behalf of the international community, on Wednesday, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick, has urged Nepali political leaders to demonstrate leadership and fulfill their historic responsibility of drafting the new statute through the Constituent Assembly.

“The international community is concerned that relations between the parties have been marked by tension in recent days. We call upon them to provide forward-looking leadership in the larger national interest and to continue constitutional negotiations in a spirit of flexibility and urgency,” read the press statement adding, “The constitution is meant to be a foundational document that will guide the country‚Äôs course for the foreseeable future. To be implemented peacefully and offer stability it will require the widest support from the Nepali people.”

McGoldrick

McGoldrick has also called upon the parties to redouble their efforts to secure an inclusive constitution. “The international community condemns violence or threats of violence and urges all parties to return to the negotiation table. This is the time for the political parties to demonstrate leadership and fulfill their historic responsibility,” the statement said.

Stating that Nepalese political leaders have successfully achieved many of their peace process commitments since the end of the conflict in 2006, the UN Representative said that agreement on a new constitution is a vital remaining task.

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