As constitutional deadline looms in Nepal, Ban urges all sides to show flexibility

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29 April 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Nepal’s political parties to set aside their differences and show maximum flexibility during negotiations over the next month to reach agreement on the contents of a new constitution before the imminent deadline.

A constitution is supposed to be adopted by Nepal’s parliamentarians by 28 May as part of the peace process introduced after the civil war between Government forces and Maoists ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished.

The constitutional deadline has already been extended by a year and Mr. Ban warned today, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, that the wider peace process “remains overdue and incomplete due to continuing differences among the parties.”

He urged all parties “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.”

Mr. Ban stressed that the peace process was now at a “decisive point,” and he called on all sides to “exercise maximum flexibility in seeking a common political ground to enable them to fulfil their commitments.”