Nepal govt committed to peace process: PM

Last Updated: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 16:42

Kathmandu: Nepal government is committed to timely drafting of the Constitution and concluding the peace process at the earliest despite various obstacles, caretaker Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said.

He also underlined the need to forge broader political consensus and unity among all parties for the successful completion of peace process and task of drafting the Constitution, the deadline for which is May next year.

His comments came amid a political crisis in the country, which is without a government for nearly four months after the resignation of Prime Minister Nepal under immense pressure from Maoists.

So far, 12 rounds of polls in Parliament for the top post have failed to produce a winner, with Maoist chief Prachanda having already withdrawn from the race in which Nepali Congress leader Ram Chandra Poudyal is the sole candidate now.

The next election is scheduled for October 26.

The caretaker Prime Minister made the remarks on the peace process and Constitution-drafting at a function organised to mark the UN Day, where he was the chief guest.

Nepal said the UN is playing a key role in peace building, reducing climate change effects, poverty alleviation and enhancing global economic development.

He expressed his gratitude to the United Nations for its assistance in socio-economic development in Nepal and supporting the peace-building process.

On the occasion, UN Resident Coordinator Robert Piper emphasised the need for reversing Nepal`s rising inequality, bringing historically marginalised groups to equal-footing, tackling impunity and strengthening fundamental elements of good governance, including transparency and accountability.

He also informed that the UN has joined the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Red Cross Movement to create the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium, which launched an ambitious USD 140 million initiative to improve Nepal`s management of risks that also includes retrofitting schools and hospitals.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 16:42

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