UN official lauds Nepal’s political transformation

Kathmandu, April 17 (IANS) A senior UN official on Tuesday lauded the government and the people of Nepal for the nation’s political transformation in the last two decades.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca expressed happiness over the success of Nepal’s peace process during several meetings with government officials including Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali in his recent visit to the country, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Kathmandu said in a statement.

“In his meetings, Jenca commended the government and the Nepali people on the success of the home grown peace process as laid out in the 2006 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and the political transformation Nepal has undergone over the last two decades,” Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

Jenca also congratulated the Nepal government for holding the landmark provincial assemblies and federal parliament elections in November and December last year in line with the Himalayan nation’s new Constitution.

“He called Nepal’s home grown peace process supported by the international community an example in making the aims of sustaining peace a reality, and reaffirmed the United Nations commitment to continuing building peace through working with all stakeholders in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” the statement said.

During his meetings, Jenca underlined the importance of Nepal’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council and welcomed the government’s expressed commitment to amending the Transitional Justice legislation to bring it in line with the Supreme Court judgment of 2015 and international standards.

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