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UPDATED: 10:50, June 23, 2007
Building inclusive state central theme of peace process in Nepal: OHCHR representative
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The outgoing representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal, Lena Sundh, Friday said the issue of building a truly inclusive state in Nepal has become a central theme of the peace process.

The OHCHR Nepal chief said during a press conference organized in Kathmandu on Friday that it is clear today that consolidating the gains of this peace process will depend to a large extent on how Nepal's political leaders and its many different traditionally marginalized groups are able to resolve legitimate claims to fair representation and participation in the State.

"The lack of trust also makes it more difficult for the parties to join together and take difficult, but necessary decisions on how to proceed in the implementation of the process leading up to the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, including many issues of utmost importance to human rights," Sundh said.

Stating that there must be a genuine framework for dialogue, which addresses both the urgent issues related to an electoral system which is broadly acceptable to all groups, She said that the traditionally marginalized groups must also commit themselves to only peaceful means of advocacy and protest.

Sundh, who is scheduled to leave Nepal early next month, was appointed as OHCHR representative in Nepal eight months ago. Richard Bennett is to succeed her.

Source: Xinhua

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