Congratulations to Nepali people for abolishing monarchy and establishing republic! Here are the press statements we received from the UN via its mission in Nepal, the US embassy and the British Embassy welcoming the historic decision of the CA yesterday to abolish the monarchy in Nepal and congratulating the people of Nepal.
CARTER CENTER CONGRATULATES NEPAL’S NEW CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY
30 May 2008. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. CONTACTS: In Kathmandu: Darren Nance, +977 1 444 5055/1446, In Atlanta: Deborah Hakes, +1 404 420 5124
The Carter Center congratulates the people of Nepal, the government, and the political
parties on the first sitting of the Constituent Assembly on May 28, 2008. This is a
testament to the commitment and dedication of the Nepali people and their political
leadership to sustainable peace and multi-party democracy.
The newly elected Constituent Assembly has taken the historic step of voting to
transform Nepal into a federal, democratic republic. This inaugurates a new phase in
Nepali history, and one in which The Carter Center expects that all of Nepal’s people,
particularly historically marginalized groups, will be able to freely exercise their due
rights in an environment respectful of the rule of law and focused on the achievement
of peace, progress, and prosperity for all.
The Constituent Assembly has been tasked with drafting a permanent constitution that
addresses the aspirations of Nepal’s diverse people. As the most inclusive elected body in
Nepal’s history, it is well positioned for this critical job. The Carter Center encourages all
members of the assembly to take seriously their shared responsibility to work effectively
and transparently, to engage in broad consultation with all sectors of society at every
stage of the drafting process, to reflect accurately the will of their constituents, and to
remain personally accountable to the people of Nepal.
The Carter Center has worked in Nepal since 2003 and established an election
observation presence in January 2007. The Center’s long-term observers visited all of
Nepal’s 75 districts multiple times. A delegation of more than 60 observers from 21
nations arrived shortly before election day, led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
European Union Heads of Mission in Kathmandu on the first session of the Constituent Assembly
(press release from the French embassy, local presidency of the EU, 30th of May, 2008)
The European Union Heads of Missions in Kathmandu welcome and congratulate the people of Nepal on the successful conduct of the first session of the Constituent Assembly and the declaration of a Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
European Union Heads of Missions in Kathmandu look forward to the members of the Constituent Assembly working together to draft Nepal’s new Constitution. The Constituent Assembly will face the challenge of creating a new constitution that secures peace, democracy, respect for human rights and development. The EU stands ready to support the Constituent Assembly in this work.
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the First Meeting of Nepal’s Constituent Assembly
The Secretary-General congratulates the Nepalese people on the historic first meeting of the Constituent Assembly. The people of Nepal have clearly spoken for peace and change through the 10 April Assembly election. The Secretary-General encourages all parties to continue working in a cooperative manner and to form a new government as soon as possible.
28 May 2008
U.S.A. Congratulates the People of Nepal (May 29, 2008)
The United States of America congratulates the people of Nepal on the Constituent Assembly’s first step in defining a new, democratic Nepal with the declaration of a republic on May 28. This is another exciting milestone in Nepal’s democratic development. We encourage the representatives of the CA to continue their work to fulfill the peoples’ desire for peace, democracy and development in Nepal.
The British voice
Nepal: First session of Constituent Assembly (29/05/2008)
Lord Malloch Brown commented on the occasion of the first session of the Nepalese Constituent Assembly on Thursday 29 May. He said,
“The UK warmly congratulates the people of Nepal on the successful conduct of the first session of the Constituent Assembly. This is another step towards the democratic and stable future that the people of Nepal justly deserve.
I look forward to the Constituent Assembly beginning its work of drafting a constitution that reflects the needs of the people and that will guide Nepal in the years to come. I urge all parties to respect the mandate given to them following elections in April and to continue working in the spirit of their previous agreements during this important period of forming a new government and establishing the Constituent Assembly.”