UN chief expresses concern over Nepal's constitutional transition

09:23, May 24, 2011      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday expressed concern over Nepal's constitutional transition, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.

With the deadline for drafting a new constitution by Nepal's Constituent Assembly only days away, Ban noted "there is still no agreement on the important issues that divide the parties, namely on the integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants and key aspects of the constitution."

Prior to the election of current Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal in February, Nepal was running under an interim government for more than seven months after former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal announced his resignation on June 30, 2010.

The secretary-general discussed the situation with Khanal and UN political chief B. Lynn Pascoe over the phone, and urged all Nepali leaders to act effectively at this critical juncture, said Nesirky.

"The secretary-general underlines that it is now more than ever incumbent upon the key political actors to show leadership and carry out the necessary compromises to preserve the peace process and complete the drafting of the new constitution," said the spokesman.

Source: Xinhua
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