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Nepal PM appeals to UN for comprehensive, global development package

(Xinhua)

12:32, September 25, 2011

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Saturday lamented the state of the poor in " underdeveloped countries" around the world and called on the UN to come up with a plan to provide them with assistance.

The Nepalese prime minister made the remarks when he addressed officials from around the world attending the ongoing annual the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly.

"Lip-services and symbolic supports are not enough," said Bhattarai. "It is time for a bold visionary step to deal with the complex problems of today. This would be a most cost effective approach to deal with the global problems and ensure sustainable peace."

Bhattarai said that 75 percent of the population of the least developed countries (LDCs) live in abject poverty and hunger.

"In this integrated world, grinding poverty of the masses in billions is a recipe for disaster," he said. "The islands of prosperity amidst the sea of poverty are not sustainable. It is more indefensible and economically undesirable."

He said that various crises around the world have made the situation for the LDCs worse.

"The recurrence of economic and financial crises, fuel and food crises, and the deeper structural crises have vindicated the need to seriously review the current economic paradigm," said Bhattarai.

Bhattarai called for the full, effective, and timely implementation of the Istanbul Declaration and the Program of Action, a plan aimed at helping the LDCs move forward over the next ten years.

The Nepalese prime minister said that as Nepal is the current chair of the LDCs at the UN, his country will stand up for the rights and concerns of LDCs on the global development agenda.

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