Mission to Nepal to explore Forum’s role in federal options

Forum President George Anderson visited Kathmandu, Nepal at the invitation of UNDP’s Constitutional Advisory Support Unit on June 14 and 15, 2007. The purpose of his mission was to gauge whether the Forum could be helpful in supporting Nepal’s constitutional process.

After years of civil war, Nepal is now ruled by an interim government consisting of eight political parties including the Maoists, who were insurgents during the previous government. There is consensus now that federal options should be considered for Nepal once a constituent assembly is elected at the end of the year. During his visit, Mr. Anderson met with representatives from the major political parties, he made presentations to the law faculty at Tribhuvan University and to a group of journalists, and he consulted with representatives of civil society.

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