Deputy Prime Minister Prakash Man Singh, who led Nepal's delegation to the UN General Assembly, held talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during which the issue of 'India's blockade' on the border also figured, sources close to Singh said.
    
Ban expressed his concern over the obstruction of essential supplies and the difficulties resulting from it, they said.
    
While addressing the General Assembly yesterday, Singh appealed to the world community to ensure effective and unhindered access to the sea for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) like Nepal through effective implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for 2014-2024.
    
His remarks come at a time when Nepal claims to be suffering from scarcity of essential goods like fuel and cooking gas due to what it terms as 'undeclared blockade' of a key trade point at the border with India by people protesting the controversial newly-promulgated Constitution.
    
India has rejected as 'totally false' allegations that it blockaded the checkpoint and has emphasised that it can only take goods up to the border and beyond that it is the responsibility of the Nepalese side to ensure adequate safety and security for the trucks.

 

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