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Ban pledges support for Lumbini’s development

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 26, 2011

KATHMANDU , JAN 25 – Minister for Federal Affairs, Constituent Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs and Culture Minendra Rijal held a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Tuesday.

The meeting primarily dwelled on the development of Lumbini.

Minister Rijal underlined the need for fully recognising the enormous potential and significance of Lumbini as an enduring source of international peace, security and harmony, the bedrock of the UN Charter, according to Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

During the meeting, the Secretary-General mentioned that he was very much impressed by the beauty of Lumbini when he visited it in 2008. He, however, said much remains to be done to preserve the sacred place.

“The development and integration of Lumbini, Ramagram and Tilaurakot will add value to the already rich cultural heritage,” said Ban.

The Secretary-General underlined that preservation of Lumbini is important not only for Nepal but for all the countries and people around the world.

Minister Rijal laid stress on revitalizing the International Committee in the UN to promote Lumbini.

“The Secretary-General expressed his support for the development of Lumbini and showed keen interest to work closely with Nepal,” read the release.

The two sides also had an insightful exchange of views on a wide range of issues including peace process, constitution making and latest efforts in forming a consensus government, the Nepali mission said.

Minister Rijal also sought Secretary-General’s active role in galvanizing international support and cooperation to promote peace and harmony through the development of Lumbini. He requested Secretary-General Ban to convene an international meeting at the United Nations to discuss the entire aspect of Lumbini development. “Minister Rijal called for the establishment of an appropriate institutional structure with International Committee at the global level, Joint Advisory Committee at the national level as well as a Local Secretariat at the UNDP’s country team to coordinate the effective implementation of the master plan,” the release said.

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