UN leader warns over Nepal Constitution delays

The UN secretary-general said Nepal was facing a new "decisive point".

New York: UN leader Ban Ki-moon called on Nepal`s rival parties on Friday to step up efforts to agree a new Constitution with a May 28 deadline fast looming.

The secretary-general said Nepal was facing a new "decisive point" in its efforts to get over a decade of civil war between Maoist rebels and the government that ended five years ago.

"With Nepal`s constitutional deadline less than one month away, the secretary-general urges all parties in Nepal to exert the utmost effort in reaching consensus on outstanding issues, including the integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel and fundamental issues regarding the new constitution," Ban`s spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

"At this decisive point in the process, the secretary-general calls on all parties to exercise maximum flexibility in seeking a common political ground to enable them to fulfil their commitments, including the adoption of a new Constitution by the constituent assembly."

Ban said in the statement that "Nepal`s peace process has already delivered significant achievements. However, the process remains overdue and incomplete due to continuing differences among the parties."

Nepal`s Parliament was elected in 2008 with a two-year mandate to write a new Constitution following the end of the civil war and abolition of the 240-year-old monarchy.

The term had to be extended for one year in May last year after the assembly failed to produce a charter on time. Since then, little progress has been made and many in Nepal fear lawmakers will miss the new deadline.

Bureau Report

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