Nepal PM Prachanda cancels UN visit over domestic issues

Prachanda was scheduled to fly to New York today to take part in the 71st Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

By: PTI | Kathmandu | Updated: September 19, 2016 4:19 pm
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Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda on  Monday cancelled his scheduled visit to the UN taking into account concerns raised by Madhesis and other agitating parties over the implementation of the new Constitution.

Prachanda was scheduled to fly to New York on Monday to take part in the 71st Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He decided not to leave Nepal at present taking into consideration the voices raised by the agitating parties and the general public to focus on the resolution of concerns raised by them, implementation of the Constitution and reconstruction in the wake of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat said.

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat, who flew to New York from New Delhi, would lead the Nepali delegation to the UNGA after Prachanda cancelled his trip, Himalayan Times reported.

In his address at the UNGA, Mahat would touch issues such as international migration and refugees, sustainable development agenda, Nepal’s post-constitution political development as well as post-earthquake reconstruction on behalf of the Nepal government.

Prachanda returned home from a state visit to India yesterday and said his first overseas visit to India was successful and focused on creating an “environment of trust” and effectively implement bilateral projects for Nepal’s benefit.

With the support from the Madhesi parties, Prachanda, who joined hands with the largest party Nepali Congress to oust CPN-UML Chairman and former prime minister KP Sharma Oli, was elected Nepal’s Prime Minister on August 3.

Even after 45 days after his election as the Prime Minister, an agreement forged by his party CPN Maoist Centre and the Nepali Congress with the Madhesi parties on the amendment of Constitution is yet to be implemented.

The Madhesi people allege that the Constitution is discriminatory to their interest and marginalise them politically.