UN Secretary General calls protesting Nepal parties to heed govt call for talks

KATHMANDU: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on protesting parties of Nepal to respond to the government’s call for dialogues and resolve their differences.

In a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh on Friday, on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly, the UN chief “strongly welcomed the decisions made by the Council of Ministers on 1 October to create the conditions for dialogue,” the UN Information Centre in Nepal said in a press statement.

The statement said the Secretary General also commended the government and Nepali people on adoption of the new Constitution.

During the meeting, the duo discussed Nepal’s efforts to rebuild the country after the devastating April 25 earthquake as well as Nepal’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the need to engage on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Meanwhile, the Secretary General also thanked Nepal for its important contribution to the UN peacekeeping.

He also expressed concern about the obstruction of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border and the difficulties resulting from it, the statement added.