Following an event to mark the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal, Jean Lambert, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia, highlighted the need for regional solidarity in this new phase of Nepal’s development.
While acknowledging that there are certainly areas for improvement in the newly-adopted Constitution, Ms. Lambert made the point that the unofficial ‘blockade’ at the Nepali border only serves to hurt the Nepalese people who are still recovering from the devastating earthquakes earlier this year. The fuel shortages as a result of the blockade are also having an impact on tourism in what is usually the peak season in Nepal, causing further damage to the economy of the country and the livelihoods of many.
Ms. Lambert welcomed reports earlier this week that the new Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr. KP Oli is seeking talks with Madheshi groups to address grievances with the Constitution, and calls on India – as a good neighbour – to help ensure essential supplies reach Nepal and that cross-border trade is not impeded.
Chair, Delegation for Relations with the Countries of South Asia
October 23, 2015