United Nations Secretary-General urges India to lift economic blockade on Nepal (Statement)

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation on the Nepal-India Border

New York, 20 November 2015

The Secretary-General underlines his growing concern over the blocking of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border. He is alarmed by reports of the obstruction, and destruction, of life-saving medical supplies and the continued impact on humanitarian operations. He calls on all sides to lift these restrictions without further delay and underlines Nepal’s right of free transit.

Ahead of planned protests on 21 November, the Secretary-General further stresses the importance of dialogue and non-violence, as well as respect for peaceful protest and the freedom of assembly. He urges all sides to resolve their differences in a peaceful and flexible manner and reiterates the support of the United Nations to Nepal’s efforts to build a democratic, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous future.

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