Ex-US Prez Jimmy Carter warns of humanitarian crisis in Nepal


imagesKATHMANDU, Jan. 30 (Nepal Foreign Affairs)–Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center on Saturday called on the international community to continue providing desperately needed humanitarian support to Nepal urging the country’s political leaders to work quickly to resolve differences over the new constitution. 

Issuing a press release in the USA the former US President has said that political deadlock has impeded government efforts to rebuild after the devastating April 2015 earthquake and has pushed the country close to a full-scale humanitarian crisis.

The Carter Center said in its press release that months-long blockade on goods entering Nepal has worsened problems, crippling the economy and creating severe shortages of food, medicine, and fuel.

“Millions of Nepali citizens have received little to no support from the government while trying to rebuild their lives after the earthquake, and millions more have been deprived of essential goods and services due to the ongoing political impasse,” said President Carter adding “It is imperative that Nepal’s political parties reach consensus while taking concrete steps to rebuild in order to prevent the current situation from becoming a full-scale humanitarian crisis. The international community should continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Nepal and help with plans for long-term reconstruction.”

 

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