Don’t hurt sentiments of Nepalese people: Nepal strongly reacts to India-EU joint statement

EU India statement

The Government of Nepal has issued a strong-worded reaction to the joint statement of India and European Union that makes a mention of ‘the remaining Constitutional issues’ in Nepal.

The country has questioned the very propriety of the mention of ‘Nepal’ in a bilateral joint statement which it is not party to.

The South Asian republic has suggested that the mention of its name constitutes an interference in its internal affairs and hurts sentiments of the Nepalese people.

The statement released today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reminded India and European Union that Nepal can resolve any internal issues on its own, “The Government and people of Nepal are fully capable of resolving their issues themselves within the framework of the constitution.”

It further claimed that the joint statement which asks Nepal to take care of ‘the remaining Constitutional issues in a time bound manner’ is in breach of the UN Charter and norms of international law that call for non-interference in internal affairs of a country.

The 13th India-EU Summit was held in Brussels on March 30. Prime Minister Narendra Modi represented India while the European Union was represented by Donald Tusk (President of the European Council) and Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission.

Point 17 of the joint statement says, “They also agreed on the need for a lasting and inclusive constitutional settlement in Nepal that will address the remaining Constitutional issues in a time bound manner, and promote political stability and economic growth. They encouraged an inclusive dialogue between all political parties in the Maldives and reform that ensures respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

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