Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the Maoist bomb attack in Chitwan, Nepal on 6 June
The EU condemns the Maoist bomb attack on a civilian bus in Chitwan on 6
June, in which dozens of people have been killed or injured. The EU condemns
the use of violence for political ends in the strongest possible terms. Such attacks
can only set back the cause of peace in Nepal and prolong the suffering of the
Nepalese people. Deeply shocked by this brutal act the EU offers its heartfelt
condolences to the families of the deceased and it’s sympathy to those injured in
the bomb attack.
The EU recalls its statement of 15 December 2004, following an EU Troika visit
to Nepal, in which it urged the Maoists to renounce violence and commit to
democracy and human rights, and condemned the Maoists’ considerable human
rights violations. The EU again calls upon the Maoists to end their culture of
violence and intimidation, cease their human rights abuses and return to the
negotiating table. The EU urges all parties to recognise that there cannot be a
military solution to the conflict and instead commit themselves to a joint approach
towards re-establishing dialogue and peace based on a negotiated settlement.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey and Croatia*,
the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro,
and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic
Area, as well as Ukraine align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process