Nepal

UN official urges all forces in Nepal to jointly work for return to constitutional order

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KATHMANDU, Jul 15, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Wrapping up his six-day Nepal visit, Lhakdar Brahimi, special advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, urged Friday all political forces in Nepal to work together so as to restore constitutional order and peace in the Himalayan Kingdom.

"A return to constitutional order and multiparty democracy, an end to hostilities and an inclusive national dialogue were needed to solve the current crisis Nepal is facing," Brahimi told reporters in Kathmandu on Friday.

On UN mediated peace talks, Brahimi said Nepal was herself capable of developing necessary process for a peaceful resolution of the prevailing conflict. He, however, added, "It will remain available to provide its assistance in whatever form it may be needed."

Brahimi also urged the anti-government guerrillas to renounce violence and take part in the political process before the situation of the country deteriorates further.

Saying that the mission of his visit was to obtain closure understanding of the situation and recent developments in Nepal, Brahimi said he will report his findings to UN Secretary General on his return.

Brahimi, who arrived Kathmandu Sunday leading a three-member delegation, is scheduled to return Friday evening. He is the most senior UN official to visit Nepal in recent months. During his stay here, Brahimi met with Nepali King Gyanendra, senior government officials and major opposition leaders and discussed the current political crisis in Nepal.