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Diplomats concerned over ongoing political crisis in Nepal

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 20:55

Kathmandu: Chiefs of diplomatic missions stationed in Nepal, including India, Wednesday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in the country and its inability to institutionalise democratic achievements.

Speaking at an interaction programme organised by the Association of Political Science Students here, they stressed the need for forging national consensus and thereby seeking a solution to the constitutional complexities in the country.

Wishing for peace, sustainable democracy, political stability and economic prosperity in Nepal, they pledged support from their respective capacities to that end.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad said the task of institutionalising democracy was a great challenge for Nepal.

He also called for political parties to seek common ground on federalism, secularism, equal rights to all castes and communities and restructuring of the state.

Ambassador of the European Commission Delegation to Nepal Alexander Spachis said free election, guarantee of human rights, equal rights to all caste and communities, social service and political stability were essential for strengthening democracy in Nepal, according the state-run RSS news agency.

British Ambassador to Nepal John Tucknott expressed concern over absence of any elected representative body in Nepal and underlined the role of the parliament which is very crucial for balancing power in democracy.

Likewise, Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal Alf Arne Ramslien said understanding, mutual respect and help, unity, equal rights and political culture are the main mantra of democracy.

He said the political parties should act as per the spirit of the constitution.

Nepal`s constituent assembly had been dissolved earlier this year after failing to reach an agreement on a new Constitution.

Fresh elections are planned for November, but in the meantime Nepal is in a political vacuum.


First Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 20:55

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