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UN Gen. Secy concerned on escalating tensions

KATHMANDU: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern at the rising tensions and disruption of daily life in different parts of the country linked to the debate over the future federal system and at the failure of political leaders to forge a consensus on differences in the constitution-making process.

Issuing a press statement by the office of his Spokesperson Tuesday, Ban has urged all, particularly those carrying out public protests, to do so peacefully, with full respect for the rights of others and without disrupting humanitarian access across the country.

He called on the government to meaningfully address the escalating tensions and respond to the situation in accordance with national and international law.

The statement further reads that with time fast running out before the 28 May deadline for the Constituent Assembly to complete its work, it is imperative for the political parties to rise above their differences and reach a consensus.

It is important to adhere to existing agreements to meet the aspirations of traditionally marginalized groups, Ban stated.

At the same time, efforts should be made to assuage the concerns of communities who fear they would be disadvantaged under a federal system, he added. RSS

Published Date: Monday, May 14th, 2012 | 09:56 PM

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