Prime Minister Sushil Koirala late on Sunday evening approached the unsettling parties to join dialog to talk about their complaints about the new constitution.
Issuing a statement PM Koirala asked the forces that are protesting the draft constitution, to participate in the constitution-writing process and seek a negotiated settlement of their grievances.
The statement comes in the wake of delayed fomentation of different political parties and stakeholders in several parts of the nation where about six individuals have been killed and dozens injured.
In a meeting between the three parties and the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik) on Sunday, it was decided that PM Koirala would address the country later trying to defuse protests. The meeting had also decided to revise the constitution draft to suit proposals received from different quarters.
“I call on all the agitating parties, communities and other sections to come to the negotiating table to resolve the issues in a peaceful manner and to secure the rights of women, Madhesis, Dalits, Adivasis, Tharus, Janajatis, Muslims, backward communities, minorities and marginalised community in the new constitution,” the PM stated in his statement.
The PM stated that promotion of national unity and reconciliation was necessary to protect national independence, territorial integrity and the sovereignty.
He said walking out of the constitution-making process would affect peace, stability and prosperity. “It is our commitment to ensure a federal, inclusive and democratic republican constitution,” he added.
He said people’s feedback was incorporated into the draft constitution and possibility of incorporating appropriate suggestions of the public had not ended yet.Follow @gorkhapost
2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali
KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.
Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.
“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.
He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.
On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.
He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.Follow @gorkhapost