UN Chief, India, China and US welcome formation of CJ Regmi led government

KATHMANDU: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the appointment in Nepal of an interim body tasked with overseeing what would be the second national polls since the end of the country’s civil war in 2006.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of Ban said, “The secretary-general welcomes the appointment of an Interim Electoral Council which has ended the protracted stalemate in Nepal.” “He urges all actors to create a conducive environment for the next elections and to maintain the momentum to implement the outstanding commitments of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” the statement added. In the Thursday statement, Ban noted that UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will visit Nepal from March 19 to 21.

Meanwhile, countries, including India, China and the US, welcomed the agreement struck by four major political parties to form a chief justice-led election government.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh extended his felicitations to Khil Raj Regmi for being sworn in chairman of the Interim Election Government. He also conveyed best wishes of the government and the people of India as Regmi prepares to undertake the ‘critical task.’

In Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, “The Chinese side welcomes that the major political parties of Nepal struck a deal on promoting the Constitution-drafting process and forming the Interim Election Council. As a friendly neighbor, we sincerely hope that the political forces of Nepal could continue to seek political consensus through dialogue and consultation, complete the peace and constitution-drafting processes at the earliest, and lead the country to realize political stability and economic development.”

In a statement, the US congratulated the people of Nepal. “This has been a complex and challenging process and we commend the parties for their willingness to make the compromises necessary to achieve this important political milestone,” said a US Embassy statement.

“The formation of the Interim Council of Ministers for Elections lays a foundation for vital further action, including completing and adopting Nepal’s new constitution and holding free, fair, and inclusive national elections in June that reflect the will of the Nepali people. As in the past, the United States stands ready to assist Nepal as these national elections approach.”

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