Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ called off his visit to the United Nations. He was going to New York on Monday to participate in the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Prachanda dropped his plan to visit UN as he will give an oration and will cater to the conerns of the Janajatis and Madhesis over the constitution of Nepal.
Prachanda arrived in Nepal on Sunday after his tour to India. Prime Minister took a decision to miss the UN’s session and address the demands and concerns of the communities – Tharu, Madhesi, Janajatis.
However, Nepal will participate in the UN’s 71st session, Nepal’s Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat will lead the delegatories at the UN.
A Prachanda aide said that Prime Minister decided to cancel the visit as domestic issues were more critical and important than the UN visit. “It was high time to focus on implementation of the Constitution and carry out reconstruction work of the damaged structures. Thus, Prime Minister decided to remain in the country,” he added.
Prachanda became Prime Minister in August. He had prioritised the amendment of the Constitution to address the concerns of the upset Madhesi based parties and other communities but so far very little is done for them.
Having back-to-back foreign visits at a time when the nation is in a crucial political transition seemed “not good”, so the cancellation does have a meaning: said the aide.
In Nepal, many major festival are upcoming so it would not be suitable for him to take out time for delibrations on constitutional matters. Prime Minister is planning to implement the consitution before the festive season beigns.