Accord on new constitution in Nepal welcomed by UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file)

The agreement on a new constitution reached by Nepalese parties on Monday has been described by the UN Secretary-General as "a major milestone" in the country's democratic development.

Nepal has not had a constitution since 2008 following a decade of rebellion that brought down the monarchy.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Political parties in Nepal have been pushing for a new constitution since the monarchy was brought down seven years ago.

In April, a three-day general strike over an impasse over the country's new constitution was cut short on the first day after clashes between police and protesters.

Following the agreement on a new constitution on Monday, the Secretary-General encouraged all political leaders to take what he called "decisive steps" to implement it and work on remaining issues.

Ban Ki-moon said the completion of the drafting process should be done through inclusive consultation in the broad interest of the Nepali people.

Stephane Dujarric is the UN Secretary-General's Spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General welcomes the agreement of 8 June on a new constitution for Nepal, a major milestone in the country’s democratic development. He applauds the diligent effort and constructive leadership demonstrated by Nepali political leaders in reaching this agreement. This achievement is particularly laudable as it was reached amid challenging circumstances caused by the major earthquakes of April and May." (25")

Mr. Dujarric said the Secretary-General remains committed to the peace process and the reconstruction in Nepal, and reaffirms the continuing support of the United Nations.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations 

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