Government briefs diplomats on CA meet obstruction by opposition alliance


Nepal Foreign Affairs (Kathmandu, Jan. 22) —

At a briefing to the Kathmandu-based ambassadors the government has informed about attack on the Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairman and senior leaders from the ruling parties during a CA meeting on Tuesday midnight by lawmakers of the opposition parties.

During the meeting at Hotel Radission in Kathmandu, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey and Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat deplored the brawl in the CA meeting stating that the act of opposition parties was against the diplomatic norms and values.

 

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(Ambassadors during the briefing. Photo Courtesy: EU Ambassador to Nepal, Rensje Teerink)

The CA witnessed a clash on Tuesday following opposition parties disrupted an assembly meeting and attacked ruling parties’ lawmakers.

Parliamentarians from opposition parties led by UCPN (Maoist) vandalized benches, threw chairs and hurled mikes to senior leaders of the ruling parties when CA Chairman Subhas Chandra Nembang asked Nepali Congress Chief Whip Chin Kaji Shrestha to set up a panel to initiate a voting process for the settlement of key contentious issues of the new constitution.

The ministers informed government stand to the diplomatic community that opposition lawmakers’ vandalism and attack on the CA chairman and some senior leaders of the ruling parties during the CA meeting was shameful, Foreign Minister Pandey told reporters on Thursday following the meeting.

During the briefing the two ministers had also urged the ambassadors to follow the diplomatic decorum in line with the Diplomatic Code of Conduct issued by the Nepalese government.

 

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