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UN Secretary-General stresses Nepal’s right of free transit

UN Secretary-General stresses Nepal’s right of free transit

11 Nov, Kathmandu:

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said Nepal should get unhindered transit facility not only as a landlocked country but also on humanitarian grounds.

In response to questions about the situation in Nepal, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in a press briefing in New York on Tuesday, said, “The Secretary-General reiterates his concern over the obstruction of essential supplies on the Nepal-India border. Acute shortages in fuel supplies continue to impede planned deliveries to earthquake-affected villages in Nepal.

Humanitarian organisations urgently require fuel to maintain operations and deliver food, warm clothing and shelter materials to high altitude areas that will soon be cut off by harsh winter conditions.

The spokesman also said that Secretary-General Ban underlined the right of free transit, as a landlocked nation as well as for humanitarian reasons, and called on all sides to lift the obstructions without further delay.

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