Carter Center calls for consensus among parties

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 22, 2014-

The Carter Center has urged all political parties in Nepal to renew their commitment to the spirit of consensus upon which the peace process and Constituent Assembly are founded and to find broadly acceptable compromises for timely promulgation of new constitution.

Issuing a press statement on Saturday, the center said the state restructuring, in particular state boundaries and names, remains the most contentious issue confronting the CA.  “Inability to reach consensus on state restructuring is among the main reasons the first constituent assembly was dissolved, and failure to reach agreement in the current assembly risks undermining the historic achievements of the peace process and constitution-making,”  read the statement.

The center, which was involved in Nepal’s peace process and recent CA elections, said the constitution writing has become increasingly polarized in the face of fast approaching January 22 deadline for constitution promulgation.

It stated that the leadership on difficult constitutional issues offers the government and senior party leaders the opportunity to recommit to honouring important milestones of the peace process, especially those that address the long-term drivers of conflict in Nepal by broadening participation and addressing the needs of historically marginalised and economically deprived groups.

“Following the November 19 CA elections last year, citizens and political leaders expressed optimism that agreement on state restructuring would be possible and that the tensions that preceded the dissolution of the first assembly in May 2012 could be avoided,” said David Carroll, director of the Democracy Program at the center. “Agreement on state restructuring and other difficult issues would demonstrate the commitment of political leaders to consolidate the gains of the peace process and to fulfil the expectations of the Nepali people for a new constitution on the basis of consensus.”

Published: 23-11-2014 09:30

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