UN chief urges Nepali parties to form broad-based government

Kathmandu, Dec 15: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern about continuing political deadlock in Nepal and has urged the political parties to form a broad-based government without further delay.

Ban Ki-Moon urged the political parties to set aside differences in the interest of the nation, in a statement issued late Friday, reported Xinhua Saturday.

Ban’s statement comes at a time when the leaders have failed to nominate a prime ministerial candidate for the last three weeks.

He has also encouraged the main stakeholders to create a conducive environment for the next elections.

“The Secretary-General urges all actors in Nepal to reaffirm their commitment to the Comprehensive Peace Agreements and to safeguard the achievements of the past several years in line with the aspirations of the Nepali people,” says the statement.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai Saturday morning called President Ram Baran Yadav in Shital Niwas and briefed about the attempts being made to forge consensus on major issues. President Yadav has urged Bhattarai to resolve all the issues as soon as possible.

Likewise, Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala on Saturday decided to move ahead by building understanding.

Leaders of four major political parties on Thursday had met President Yadav and requested for more time. The president has extended the deadline for another five days to Dec 17.

The ruling parties have been asking the opposition to come to a package deal on issues including new election date and electoral laws and appointments at the constitutional bodies, but the opposition wants the new government to be formed first.

IANS