KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu-based missions of European Union, Norway, Switzerland and Australia on Wednesday urged the parties to ensure that adequate public consultation processes on the constitution remain in place.
Welcoming the recent progress in Nepal’s peace process and the parties’ commitment to complete the constitution-drafting process within a stipulated timeframe, they said that the new drive and progress achieved in the high-level negotiations on system of governance and a new national government structure for Nepal, including contentious constitutional issues, is encouraging.
“We hope that the momentum will contribute to the completion of a new democratic and inclusive constitution responding to the aspirations of the Nepali people, while containing adequate checks and balances, and strengthening the rule of law,” they said in a joint statement.
Saying the fight against impunity and adequate investigation and prosecution of conflict-era human rights violations should not be sacrificed to the need of expedient solutions in other areas, the missions urged all the parties to ensure the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms with full independence and in compliance with international standards. “We strongly believe that transitional justice mechanisms which are genuinely independent, seek both truth and reconciliation, and which give victims the fullest opportunity for redress, are essential to consolidate the peace process.”