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Nepal: Women

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they propose to make to the Government of Nepal with regard to compliance with Security Council Resolution 1325 by inviting women to participate at the peace negotiations; by ensuring that they have representation on the draft constitution committee; and by developing their own national plan on implementation of 1325, in line with the United Nations action plan.[HL6579]

While the peace negotiations and the interim constitution drafting committee are matters for the Nepalis, we support and encourage representation of all groups in the current peace process and the future constituent assembly.

My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Ian McCartney, met the Nepalese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 20 June. We will continue our dialogue with the Government of Nepal on human rights and other issues, including women's inclusion in the democratic process.