Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jens Toyberg-Frandzen "expressed the UN's increasing concern” about the diminishing momentum for inclusive negotiation on the new constitution to be adopted by consensus.

"Adopting the new constitution is a vital element of the 2006 peace agreement that ended a Maoist insurgency.  As the January 22 midnight deadline drew for drafting a new constitution, a brawl broke out in Nepal's parliament and it was adjourned by Speaker Subash Nembang. Dujarric said that at the Secretariat's initiative,” Toyberg-Frandzen briefed the Security Council  on the Nepal situation during closed-door consultations originally convened on other topics.

Toyberg-Frandzen reiterated Ban's "call for Nepali leaders to continue dialogue in a spirit of flexibility and urgency" and emphasized that the new constitution "should enjoy wide support of the people" because of its importance to the peace process.

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