Purushottam Dhakal, NEW YORK, USA: Chairperson of the Interim Election Government Khil Raj Regmi is in New York to participate in the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations. Regmi has decided to take part in the meeting despite request of major political parties not to visit New York rather concentrate on the preparations for the elections of the Constituent Assembly.
Regmi has decided to lead the seven member delegation to the New York despite his government’s mandate being to hold the CA poll by November this year. The election is in trouble with the 33-political parties opposing the electoral process with strict programs to foil it. Team members of his delegation include his wife, personal secretary, security guards and officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Regmi, who is addressing the General Assembly at 11 a.m. local time in New York, is returning back to the country on Sunday itself. During his visit Regmi is scheduled to hold parleys with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ko Moon and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Back in home, Nepal Bar Association, the umbrella organization of legal professionals of the country, has written a letter to UN Secretary General Moon seeking his support for removing Regmi from the post of Chief Justice as he is also heading the top post of the Executive as well.
Foreign Secretary Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Joint Secretary at the UN Desk of Foreign Ministry Dipak Dhital had already reached to New York to attend the General Assembly. Similarly, Nepal’s Representative to the United Nations Mission in New York Durga Bhattarai, Deputy Permanent Representative Sewa Lamsal will also attend the General Assembly. Regmi, who arrived to Ney York in the flight of Air Eitthad has been staying in Hyatt Regency Hotel near the United Nations building. Some Nepali Media have also reported about the cost of the hotel.
Similarly, a press statement issued by Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations said foreign Secretary Thapa participated in the Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on “LDC Graduation: The Way Towards MDG Acceleration, Sustainable Development and Structural Transformation” jointly organized by the Foreign Minister of turkey, Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium and UN-OHRLLS.
The Foreign Secretary presented Nepal’s efforts to meet graduation goal by the year 2022 and called for fulfilling all commitments and enhanced and sustained support by development partners and friends of LDCs. Similarly, Foreign Secretary Thapa also participated in the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held on the margin of the UNGA.
Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and member of Nepalese delegation to the 68th United Nations General Assembly Dhital delivered a statement at the Annual Ministerial meeting of the LDC Group of countries. Dhital emphasized on full and speedy implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the least developed countries (IPOA). He also underlined that through a renewed and strengthened global partnership, Nepal is committed to overcoming all its structural constraints and vulnerabilities to achieve our graduation goal by the year 2022.
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