In wake of adoption of Nepal’s constitution, Ban stresses need for dialogue, non-violence


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UN News Centre (21 September 2015)  – While acknowledging the adoption of the long-awaited constitution of Nepal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern about recent violence in the country and stressed the need for dialogue and non-violence.

“The Secretary-General acknowledges the adoption of the new Constitution in Nepal. Noting that the Constitution is a living document, he urges all political leaders to act in the broad national interest and with continued flexibility and inclusivity,” his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters in New York.

“He remains concerned about the recent violence and stresses the importance of dialogue and non-violence as well as respect for peaceful protest and freedom of assembly,” he added.

“A peaceful and democratic Nepal is what the people of Nepal seek and deserve.”

According to media reports, President Ram Baran Yadav officially promulgated the Constitution yesterday. This is the sixth constitution since the country established democracy in 1950, and the first to be created by the people’s elected representatives. The previous constitutions were drafted by the monarchy or select committees.

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