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India welcomes Nepal govt’s decision to advance Constitution Amendment Bill

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Carriers are seen queuing up at the Nepal-India border entry point at Raxaul on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Photo: RSS

Carriers are seen queuing up at the Nepal-India border entry point at Raxaul on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: India on Monday welcomed the Government of Nepal’s decision to advance the Constitution Amendment Bill in order to ensure proportional inclusion and election constituencies on the basis of population, and resolve the current crisis in Tarai-Madhes region.

Issuing a statement today a day after the Cabinet endorsed a three-point roadmap to address the demands put forth by the agitating Madhesi parties, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said, “Government of India welcomes these developments as positive steps that help create the basis for a resolution of the current impasse in Nepal.”

The MEA further urged the Nepali stakeholders to “now demonstrate the necessary maturity and flexibility to find a satisfactory solution to the Constitutional issues through constructive dialogue in an agreed timeframe.”

“We are confident that a return to normalcy in Nepal would create a more secure and predictable climate for unimpeded commerce between our two countries.”

The Madhes-based parties have been agitating for over three months, before the promulgation of new constitution, demanding more rights and review in the proposed provincial boundaries.  After the constitution was delivered on September 20, they resorted to obstructing the Nepal-India border in order to exert pressure on the government to meet their demands.

Over 50 people have been killed in the violent protests in the Tarai-Madhes region.

Nepal is currently reeling under acute shortage of essential supplies including fuel and medicines due to the border blockade, which the major parties including the ones in government say was unofficially imposed by the India side on Nepal. Thousands of cargo vehicles have been left stranded on the Indian side bordering Nepal due to the obstruction at border.

 

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Indian MEA’s Statement on Nepal

December 21, 2015

  • 1. External Affairs Minister was informed by Nepal’s Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa today that the Nepalese Cabinet has taken some important decisions to address and resolve demands regarding the Constitution raised by agitating Madhes-based parties.
  • 2. These decisions include amendments to the Constitution on participation in the state 
    organs on the basis of proportionate inclusiveness and delineation of electoral 
    constituencies on the basis of population. The demarcation of provinces is also to be 
    addressed through an appropriate arrangement in the Constitution on the basis of 
    political consensus. Similarly, others demands including citizenship are to be resolved 
    through negotiations and consensus.
  • 3. Government of India welcomes these developments as positive steps that help create the basis for a resolution of the current impasse in Nepal. As a neighbour and well-wisher, India was deeply concerned at the unrest stemming from internal differences in Nepal on 
    the Constitution. We urge all Nepali political forces to now demonstrate the necessary 
    maturity and flexibility to find a satisfactory solution to the Constitutional issues 
    through constructive dialogue in an agreed timeframe.
  • 4.We are confident that a return to normalcy in Nepal would create a more secure and 
    predictable climate for unimpeded commerce between our two countries.
New Delhi,
December 21, 2015

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