UN chief welcomes agreement on new constitution for Nepal

ban_ki-moon_portraitUNITED NATIONS, June 9 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday welcomed the agreement on a new constitution for Nepal, encouraging all political leaders to take decisive steps to implement the agreement.

Nepal’s major political parties reached a consensus Monday night on key contentious issues relating to a new constitution, which has ensured the promulgation of the new constitution in the near future.

Ban applauded the effort and constructive leadership demonstrated by Nepali political leaders in reaching this agreement amid challenging circumstances caused by the major earthquakes in April and May, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told a daily briefing.

“The Secretary-General encourages all political leaders to take decisive steps to implement the agreement, work on remaining issues and complete the constitution drafting process through inclusive consultation in the broad interest of the Nepali people, ” said Dujarric.

Nepal’s major parties have agreed to federate the country into eight provinces on the basis of economic viability and identity through the new constitution.

According to the agreement, the government will form a high- level commission within a six-month mandate to make decision over demarcation of the federal units.

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