KATHMANDU, May 29: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed "deep regret" at failure of the Nepali political parties to draft new constitution through the Constituent Assembly.
"The Secretary-General is disappointed that Nepal´s Constituent Assembly has expired without the adoption of the long-awaited constitution," a spokesperson of the Secretary General said in a statement in New York on Monday, "The United Nations, which has closely supported the peace-making and reform process in Nepal over many years, shares the deep regret felt by the Nepali people at this time."
Saying that Nepal has entered an uncertain constitutional and political period, the head of the global body has urged the government, political leaders and leaders of various communities to demonstrate courage and wisdom to come together to address the challenges the nation faces. He has also urged political parties to show flexibility, creativity and willingness to set aside lesser differences in the national interest.
"As an immediate priority, a political consensus on the way forward is essential to ensure stability and continuity," the spokesperson said, adding, " The work of constitution-making should resume without delay, building on what has so far been achieved, and the appropriate legitimate and representative mechanism for this should be found through consensus."
He has further urged all political parties and stakeholders to reaffirm their commitment to the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and safeguard the achievements of the past several years.