Carter met President Ram Baran Yadav at the latter’s office, Shital Niwas, and discussed the matters related Nepal’s political transition and the upcoming Constituent Assembly elections.
The Kathmandu office of the Carter Centre has said the former US President will meet senior government officials, political leaders, and civil society representatives in support of the Centre’s peace monitoring and election observation in Nepal.
In his meetings, Carter will encourage Nepali interlocutors to ensure that the CA elections are held in time and in a free and fair manner. He will hold a press conference before leaving Kathmandu for Myanmar on April 1. Carter had visited Nepal just ahead of the CA elections in 2008. He is to flew to Myanmar from Kathmandu.
The former US president will lead a Carter Center delegation to Myanmar, where the Center is exploring ways to support the country’s ongoing democratic transition.
The Carter Centre has been working in Nepal since 2004. In 2004, Carter Center staff met with royal and government officials and representatives from other national organizations to discuss possible solutions to the civil conflict and avenues of mediation. The Carter Center held several rounds of conflict resolution training for political party representatives and civil society leaders, held bridge-building sessions with Maoist representatives in Nepal, and worked in broad cooperation and coordination with international organizations engaged in Nepal.
Accepting the invitation of the government of Nepal, the Election Commission, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), and various other political parties, the Carter Centre monitored the elections of the constituent assembly by deploying national and international election observers.
The Centre carried out monitoring the peace process of Nepal by deploying international and national observers with the objectives of monitoring the postelection peace and constitution drafting processes and to provide impartial information on progress in these areas to political and civil society leaders throughout the country.
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