European nations welcome CA extension decision in Nepal



Kathmandu: Major European nations on Sunday asked Nepal's political parties to ensure that the last-minute agreements they have reached to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly are brought to a successful conclusion.

Welcoming the decision of extension, European nations including Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, France, Germany and United Kingdom and the European Union delegation said they reaffirm their full support for Nepal's peace process.

"The aspirations of the Nepali people can only be met if their representatives forge a consensus that will bring a new constitution, peace, stability and prosperity," The Himalayan Times quoted the joint statement by the European nations.

The major European nations asked Nepal's political parties to ensure that the agreements they have reached on the integration and rehabilitation of the former Maoist combatants are brought to a successful conclusion, the statement said.

Nepal's key parties have agreed to extend the tenure of the Constituent Assembly by three months under which Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal will step down for the formation of a national consensus government.

The breakthrough came after overnight consultations between main political parties -- Nepali Congress, the Maoists and CPN-UML -- to forge a five-point agreement on the peace process and extending the term of Constituent Assembly which expired last night.

Out of 508 parliament members, 504 lawmakers voted in the favour of the bill for 9th amendment of the Constitution seeking to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly for three months.

PTI