UN chief calls for early, successful conclusion of peace process in Nepal

08:53, May 30, 2011      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday hailed an agreement reached by Nepal's three major political parties to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly (CA) for three more months, and called for "an early and successful conclusion" of the peace process in the Asian country.

A statement issued here by Ban's spokesman said, "The secretary- general welcomes the agreement reached among the parties in Nepal to extend the Constituent Assembly, and the reaffirmation of their commitment to complete the basic tasks of the peace process, particularly the integration and rehabilitation of the Maoist Army personnel."

After a prolonged rounds of internal, bilateral and multilateral meetings, the three major political parties of Nepal reached a consensus earlier Sunday morning to extend the CA term for three more months.

According to the deal, the top three parties -- the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Nepali Congress, and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) -- agreed to extend the CA term by three months initially and complete the first draft of the constitution within three months, making Nepal Army's structure inclusive and resignation of incumbent Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal, reports said.

Parties forging consensus to extend the CA term for three months has not only bestowed CA's life but also worked as medicine to continued life of Nepal's ongoing peace process. The extension has dismissed probable "constitutional crisis" and arouse new hopes in frustrated Nepali people for the continuation of peace process and drafting new constitution, the reports said.

A meeting of Legislative Parliament on Sunday morning endorsed a bill to amend Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007 that enables to extend the CA term for three months.

"The secretary-general urges the parties to bring the peace process to an early and successful conclusion on the basis of a clear timetable and plan of action and looks forward to further progress in the drafting of the new constitution," the UN statement said.

"The parties must take this opportunity afforded to them to live up to their commitments and responsibilities in the interests of peace and stability in Nepal," the statement said.

"The United Nations will continue to support progress in the peace process in Nepal," the statement added.

The 601-member CA was elected in 2008 with a two-year mandate to write the new constitution following the end of decade-long civil war between the then rebel Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the state that abolished the 240-year-old monarchy in Nepal.

Source: Xinhua
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