Director-General holds talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal

Director-General holds talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal
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On 3 October Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, held talks with Mr Khagda Prasad Sharma Oli, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal.

Mr Matsuura welcomed the return of democracy in Nepal and said he followed the democracy movement with keen interest since the tragic events of May last. On that occasion the Director-General had underlined the importance of the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and press freedom in the democratic process.

Concerning specific educational programme needs in the country as a result of the recent political instability, Mr Matsuura offered concrete assistance in the field of education for displaced populations. He also said that he would mobilize UNESCO expertise in post conflict situations to undertake assessments of the situation on the ground in order to identify a series of projects in UNESCO’s fields of competence, particularly in the cultural realm. UNESCO’s offices in Kathmandu and New Delhi in this regard will be fully involved in this process in close cooperation with the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Nepal.

Mr Khagda Prasad Sharma Oli expressed his warm appreciation for UNESCO’s support and thanked the Director-General for his personal commitment and his constructive proposal to assist Nepal in its efforts in establishing a functioning democracy.

  • 06-10-2006
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