UN Secretary-General Guteress lauds Nepal’s elections


SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT BHISHMA RAJ OJHA, NEW YORK, Sept 24: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guteress has lauded Nepal’s efforts for concluding the local level elections in the recent days and wished for the success of upcoming elections.

In a high-level meeting between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Secretary-General Guteress on Saturday, the latter expressed happiness over Nepal’s ongoing process to institutionalize democracy, PM Deuba’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr Dinesh Bhattarai told RSS.

In the meeting held at the office of UN Secretary-General, they exchanged views on a number of issues ranging from the implementation of the Constitution to Nepal’s role in UN peacekeeping operations, and from Nepal-UN cooperation to the evolving challenges to development.

On the occasion, PM Deuba also updated the Secretary-General on recent development including the preparations for holding provincial and federal level elections.

Reiterating Nepal’s commitment to peacekeeping, the Prime Minister called the United Nations for making best use of Nepal’s Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre, oldest in region, and help develop it as a regional center of excellence for peacekeeping training.

The Prime Minister also underlined the need to increase the number of Nepali nationals in higher positions commensurate with Nepal’s contribution as the sixth largest troop and police contributing country, Dr Bhattarai further shared.

The Prime Minister drew the attention of the Secretary-General to the need for placing the LDC and LLDC issues at the centre of the work of the United Nations.

During the Meeting, the Secretary-General also appreciated Nepal’s contribution to peacekeeping operations.

He expressed condolences on the loss of lives and property caused by recent floods in Nepal.

The Prime Minister congratulated the Secretary-General on his appointment and wished him a successful tenure. The Prime Minister also extended an invitation to the SG to visit Nepal.

Also present in the meeting were Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs; Asha Koirala, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare; Dr. Dinesh Bhattarai, Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister; Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary; and Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations. From the United Nations side too, senior officials including Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support; and Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs were present in the meeting. RSS