Addressing the summit participated by heads of states and governments from 118 non-aligned nations, PM Nepal briefly explained the latest political changes of Nepal.
With the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) in November 2006, the decade-long armed conflict has come to an end, PM Nepal said.
PM Nepal also termed the Constituent Assembly as the most representative elected body. Almost a third of the constituent Assembly members are women, he said.
“We are now engaged in writing a new democratic constitution of Nepal as a Federal Democratic Republic with the widest possible participation of all segments of our people,” PM Nepal said.
“We are at the dawn of a new age in the country. We have embarked upon a most comprehensive transformation in Nepal. In the last three years, we have covered substantial grounds in institutionalizing peace. We still have a long way to go. People today are clamoring for a far reaching political, economic and social change in the country. We are therefore putting our best efforts to make sure that we would not only ensure sustainable peace but we would also guarantee equity, justice and prosperity to all within a democratic form of governance,” he said.
PM Nepal urged the developed economies to continue support to Least Developed Countries (LDC) despite the global recession as the LDCs suffer most during difficult times.
“We strongly urge the developed countries not to make the current economic and financial crisis an excuse for curtailing the volume of committed official development assistance and not to raise barriers to trade,” Nepal said.
Highlighting the plight of landlocked countries, PM Nepal said, “There is a particular plight of the landlocked LDCs, which face multiple challenges. While making their transit passage to the nearest sea smoother, there should be international support for mitigating their difficulties due to adverse geographical location.”
Addressing the summit, Nepal advocated for disarmament and terrorism free society.
“We call for renewed global efforts to reach the ultimate goal of creating a world free of nuclear, chemical, biological and other weapons of mass destruction,” PM Nepal said. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms terrorism in all its manifestations.”
PM Nepal also expressed a strong commitment to the fundamental principles of NAM movement.
“As a founding member of the NAM, Nepal continues to place its unwavering faith in the principles of NAM,” Nepal said “They also constitute one of the guiding elements of our foreign policy as we hold a firm belief in NAM’s continued role and importance.”
Nepal joined NAM movement is 1961 as a founding member. The NAM summit will end Thursday. nepalnews.com