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Ban asks Nepalese parties to resolve crisis through dialogue

world Updated: May 04, 2009 10:30 IST

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Expressing serious concern over the political crisis in Nepal after the sacking of the army chief, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged all political parties in the country to resolve the crisis through "dialogue and consensus".

In a statement issued at the UN headquarters in New York, the Secretary General urged all the political parties to fully respect the provisions of the constitution.

"The Secretary-General is seriously concerned about the current political crisis in Nepal centered on the relationship between the Government and the Chief of Army Staff, and the possible risks posed to the peace process," said a statement issued by his spokesperson's office.

"The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to resolve the crisis through dialogue and consensus, with full respect for the provisions of the constitution," the statement said.

The Prime Minister Prachanda yesterday for allegedly defying his orders sacked Nepali Army Chief Gen Rukmanga Katwal. But, President Ram Baran Yadav asked Gen Katawal to remain in the post.