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Top UN Official to highlight Nepal’s plight at int’l forums

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Kathmandu, May 02, 2016: Visiting United Nations Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said on Sunday that he will present the plight of the Nepal’s earthquake victims at the UN headquarters and the World Humanitarian Summit, which is scheduled to be held in Istanbul on May 23-24.

He also said Nepal’s experience at present could present a lesson for the rest of the world.

The Deputy Secretary General also suggested to the government to expedite reconstruction work in the quake-hit districts.

Eliasson, who visited Sindhupalchowk district Sunday afternoon, called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in the evening at latter’s official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu.

According to PM’s Foreign Affairs Expert Gopal Khanal, the deputy secretary general said that reconstruction is a daunting task and the way the government has started the work is strikes the right note.

“He just added that the need now is to expedite the reconstruction task,” said Khanal.

According to Khanal, Eliasson suggested that the peace and development should go together. “He said that development would not be possible without peace and sustainable peace could not be achieved without development taking place,” informed Khanal.

According to Khanal, UN Deputy Secretary General Eliasson and PM also discussed the political developments after the promulgation of the constitution. “During the meeting, the prime minister informed the UN deputy secretary general that the government has been stressing dialogues with disgruntled political parties for settling disputes regarding the constitution. He also said that the constitutional problems are addressed through the first amendment to the constitution and the remaining issues are more political in nature,” informed Khanal.

According to Khanal, UN Deputy Secretary General also urged the government to protect and promote human rights by upholding universal values and standards as well as taking into consideration the local culture.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Eliasson visited the quake-hit Sindhupalchowk district. According to Republica Correspondent Dhruba Dangal, Eliasson urged the international community to support Nepal in reconstruction.

Addressing officials and representatives of District Disaster Relief Committee, local NGOs and INGO, Eliasson said that his Nepal visit is focused on giving a message that the UN is together with the quake victims of Nepal.

He also said Nepal’s experience could present a lesson to the rest of the world.

Chief District Officer Gokarna Mani Duwadi had briefed the UN Deputy Secretary General on the damage caused by the devastating earthquakes, plight of the victims and supports provided by the UN agencies in the district.