Nepal Constitution: Ban stresses for dialogue and non-violence

United Nations, Sept 22: Acknowledging the adoption of the long-awaited Constitution of Nepal, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern about recent incidents of violence in the country and emphasised on the need for dialogue and non-violence.

“The Secretary-General acknowledges the adoption of the new Constitution in Nepal. Noting that the Constitution is a living document, he urges all political leaders to act in the broad national interest and with continued flexibility and inclusivity,” Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters here yesterday.

He said Ban remains concerned about the recent incidents of violence and stresses the importance of dialogue and non-violence as well as respect for peaceful protest and freedom of assembly. “A peaceful and democratic Nepal is what the people of Nepal seek and deserve,” Ban added.

President Ram Baran Yadav officially promulgated the Constitution. This is the sixth constitution since the country established democracy in 1950, and the first to be created by the people’s elected representatives. The previous constitutions were drafted by the monarchy or select committees.