Ban, int’l community hail 16-pt pact

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ATHMANDU, JUN 11 – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the 16-point agreement signed by the major political of Nepal as “a major milestone” in the country’s democratic development.

“This achievement is particularly laudable as it was reached amid challenging circumstances caused by the major earthquakes of April and May,” the UN secretary general said in a statement on Wednesday.

He also urged all political leaders to take decisive steps to implement the agreement, work on remaining issues and complete the constitution drafting process through inclusive consultation in the broad interest of the Nepali people.

The Kathmandu -based international community also welcomed “the spirit of unity” that Nepali political leaders displayed in reaching the agreement.

The agreement is a significant step forward in the peace process and towards the completion of the foundational document that will guide the country’s development, the diplomatic corps said.

On Monday night, the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik had reached the deal regarding the constitution drafting process and had agreed to go for an 8-province model.