Former US President Jimmy Carter visiting Nepal in March
KATHMANDU: Former US President Mr. Jimmy Carter, who is also the founder of the Carter Centre, is visiting Nepal from March 28. Carter Centre has been working in different countries in a bid to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy and improve health.
Official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) confirmed the information that the former US President is visiting Nepal in March.
It is learnt that the visit of Carter is personal but he is likely to hold meetings with various leaders of political parties and civil society representatives. Carter, who has been closely observing Nepal´s political development, visited Nepal on the eve of Constituent Assembly election held in April, 2008.
Reports quoted sources as saying that Carter will be accompanied by his spouse and President and CEO of Carter Center John Barnett Hardman.
The Carter Centre has been working in Nepal since 2004. In 2004, Carter Center staff met with royal and government officials and representatives from other national organizations to discuss possible solutions to the civil conflict and avenues of mediation. The Carter Center held several rounds of conflict resolution training for political party representatives and civil society leaders, held bridge-building sessions with Maoist representatives in Nepal, and worked in broad cooperation and coordination with international organizations engaged in Nepal.
Accepting the invitation of the government of Nepal, the Election Commission, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), and various other political parties, the Carter Centre monitored the elections of the constituent assembly by deploying national and international election observers.
The Centre carried out monitoring the peace process of Nepal by deploying international and national observers with the objectives of monitoring the postelection peace and constitution drafting processes and to provide impartial information on progress in these areas to political and civil society leaders throughout the country.