11/10/2014, 00.00
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Nepalese politicians: Pope's message on the Berlin Wall in our Constitution

by Christopher Sharma
The call to "build bridges" should inspire the writing of the first Democratic Charter of the country. Even former Maoists praise Pope Francis: "Every religion, ethnicity, practice, culture, tradition and social difference must be guaranteed equal and fair treatment."

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - The new constitution of Nepal should "accept the message of integration and the invitation to build bridges and promote a culture of encounter" launched yesterday by Pope Francis on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is according to some Nepalese politicians - including a former Maoist - involved in the drafting of the first democratic Constitution, after centuries of absolute monarchy Hindu.

"Even if the Pope referred directly to the division of Germany - Pushpakamal Dahal, chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Ucpnm, Maoist) told AsiaNews - his message is equally important in the context of Nepal. No one should be divided and treated in a separate way"
 
"Every religion, ethnicity, practice, culture, tradition and social difference must be guaranteed equal and fair treatment." The Maoist party, Dahal added, "is united with the Pope in wishing to 'bring down all the walls that still divide the world'".

"The Pope's message for national integration, respect, unity and harmony - said Ramchandra Poudel, vice president of the Nepali Congress (the government) - is laudable and relevant to our case".

This is echoed by Jhalanath Khanal, former Prime Minister and leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist, UML): "In the words of Pope Francis we 'need bridges, not walls' to unite people. Therefore, we are writing a new Constitution according to the values he hoped for".

 

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