Welcome statement from German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier On the promulgation of the new constitution in Nepal :
I welcome the promulgation of the new constitution in Nepal by the constituent assembly. This is an important step towards reconciliation and further democracy. Nepal is entering a new chapter in its history and is now a country with democratic constitution. It has laid the foundation of democracy and the rule of law which provides the basis for a positive economic and political future, and gives an important message to the people, whose country was struck by a catastrophic earthquake only few months ago.
We are happy that Germany was able to support the Nepalese government throughout the constitutional drafting process. Germany is and will remain a partner for, and will continue to support Nepal throughout its economic development. I am hopeful that the violent unrests which have erupted these past weeks, especially in the Terai region, will be resolved through dialogue between demonstrators and the government, and that the inclusion of all nationalities be continued.
We trust that the Nepalese government focuses all efforts on the acceleration of the reconstruction of public facilities and housing which were destroyed by the earthquake. Germany has contributed over 90 million Euros from public funds and private donations for the reconstruction efforts. In this, Nepal can continue to count on our support.
Tika P Dhakal
Press and Political Affairs
German Embassy Kathmandu