UN SG welcomes Nepal Constitution amendment

KATHMANDU: The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first amendment to Nepal's Constitution, endorsed by the Parliament on Saturday, hoping it would be "an important step in resolving differences on constitutional arrangements".

Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday, the UN top official's spokesperson  Stephane Dujarric said the Secretary General encouraged all parties to exercise maximum flexibility in resolving remaining issues via dialogue.

"He hopes that current positive developments could help normalise passage of supplies at Nepal’s border points and refocus attention to address urgent reconstruction and other needs," the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General reiterated that all concerned sides in Nepal must adopt restraint and non-violence while redoubling efforts at peaceful dialogue and inclusive democratic processes.