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World must be a better friend to Nepal: UN Secretary-General Guterres


31 October 2023  

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KATHMANDU: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said that it was his great pleasure to visit, Nepal, which he described as an ‘extraordinary country’.

“What I have seen confirms a simple truth: Nepal is a friend to the world, he said, “and the world must be a better friend to Nepal.”

He also said that the United Nations will never stop fighting to make that a reality, in his address to the joint meeting of both houses of the federal parliament this afternoon.

On a different note, he said Nepal’s dynamic story of progress continues today, with imminent graduation from Least Developed Country status. “The United Nations is committed to supporting a smooth transition.”

Stating that transitional justice can play a vital role in securing lasting peace, he said the process must help to bring peace to victims, families, and communities haunted by questions, and scarred by injustice; and help put the past to rest.

However, by nature, transitional justice is a delicate and complex process. But, we know that transitional justice has the greatest chance of success when it is inclusive, comprehensive, and has victims at its heart.”

The success of the process also lies when it centers on truth and reparations but also justice and when women participate fully. ‘And when all victims of human rights violations can find meaningful redress.’

In this regard, the United Nations Secretary-General also welcomed efforts in Nepal to drive progress and find solutions.

He said that the UN stands ready to support Nepal to develop a process that meets international standards, Nepal Supreme Court’s rulings, and the needs of victims – and to put it into practice.

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