UNITED NATIONS, March 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday welcomed the appointment in Nepal of an interim body tasked with overseeing what would be the second national polls since the end of the country's civil war in 2006.
"The secretary-general welcomes the appointment of an Interim Electoral Council which has ended the protracted stalemate in Nepal," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson.
"He urges all actors to create a conducive environment for the next elections and to maintain the momentum to implement the outstanding commitments of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement," the statement said.
Nepal's political parties on Wednesday signed a package deal in which they agreed to set up an interim government under the leadership of sitting Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi.
The 11-point deal allows Regmi to hold the second Constituent Assembly elections by June 21 in the capacity of chairperson of the Interim Electoral Council. He will be required to hand over power to the government formed after the elections.
In the Thursday statement, Ban noted that UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will visit Nepal from March 19 to 21.
The UN chief said the upcoming visit "will be an opportunity to express the continued commitment of the United Nations to cooperate closely with Nepal in support of progress in the peace process."
Nepal has been in a political deadlock since last May when a special Constituent Assembly missed a deadline to prepare a new constitution, which was followed by the dissolution of the Assembly on May 28, 2012.