Manage Arms, then Government: America and India
Foreign nations congratulate Nepal on the promulgation of a new interim constitution. Both the United States of America and India emphasize arms management before forming an interim government.
Congratulations on the latest political development on the promulgation of a new constitution are pouring in from foreign embassies and foreign ministries of significant countries. The United States and India are leading others in the congratulatory messages.
The US hopes that the new interim constitution would lay the groundwork for free and fair elections to a Constituent Assembly and move the country toward full-fledged and lasting democracy.
The US emphasizes on a credible and transparent process of arms management, supervised by United Nations monitors, before an Interim Government of Nepal is formed.
The US pledges support in the arms management process. The release by the US embassy in Kathmandu urges the Maoists to use the opportunity to abandon violence for good. The following is the full text of the message:
United States embassy in Nepal , January 17, 2007
"The US embassy welcomes interim Constitution"
The U.S. Embassy congratulates the people of Nepal on their new Interim Constitution. We hope it will lay the groundwork for free and fair elections to a Constituent Assembly and move the country toward full-fledged and lasting democracy.
The United States supports completion of a credible and transparent process of arms management, supervised by United Nations monitors, before an Interim Government of Nepal is formed. We also urge the Maoists to use the opportunity of joining the Interim Legislature to finally abandon the tactics of violence, intimidation, and extortion inflicted on the Nepali people for 11 years.
The United States remains committed to help Nepal build a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future for its people.
Meanwhile, India, another key player in the unfolding peace process, describes the promulgation of the new constitution and the formation of the interim legislature as “significant milestones in Nepal’s progress toward a new political era.”
Like the US, it emphasizes that the arms management by the UN should be credible and complete before forming the interim government. India also offers full support to Nepalis in their peace efforts. Full text of the message from Ministry of Foreign affairs:
Indian Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, January 15, 2007
"On developments in Nepal"
The Government of India welcomes the promulgation of the Interim Constitution and the formation of the Interim Legislature in Nepal. These are significant milestones in Nepal's progress towards a new political era which we hope will be characterized by peace, stability and economic development.
We also note that United Nations monitors have begun to arrive in Nepal to commence the process of arms management. This process must be credible and complete, before the formation of the Interim Government.
The Government of India remains committed to provide all the support it can to assist the people and the political parties of Nepal as they move forward on the peace process.
Other Significant parties,
Other significant countries, such as China, Britain, Japan, Pakistan, Denmark have not issued any messages yet. The following links lead to their official sites:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: http://www.fco.gov.uk/
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mofa.gov.pk/
Posted by Editor on January 16, 2007 12:30 PM