Nepal lobbies for UN General Assembly president



Nepal lobbies for UN General Assembly president Kathmandu: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal met Russian and Chinese ambassadors and lobbied for his candidate to the prestigious post of president of the UN General Assembly.

Kul Chandra Gautam is Nepal's presidential candidate for the post of 66th session of the UN General Assembly.

Prime Minister Nepal, who met Chinese ambassador Qu Go Hwang and Russian ambassador Lionidovich Trophimov, asked them to support the country's presidential candidate, according to Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Nepal is contesting for the post of UN General Assembly presidentship on behalf of Asian countries for the term of 2011-12, the premier said.

During the meeting, the Nepalese prime minister also consulted with the envoys in the matter of extending the tenure of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) which expires in mid-September.

The envoys took positive note of the request for support as Nepal's candidacy was relevant at the moment, the PMO said.

The Russian and Chinese envoys said that it is up to the Nepal government to decide whether it wants to extend the UNMIN's term or not as it is the internal matter of the country.

PTI