Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union (5th december 2005)
The EU recognises the effort of the political parties in Nepal in securing an agreement with the Maoists which could form the basis for a peace process in Nepal. The EU will be considering in detail the announcements made by the political parties and the Maoists.
The EU welcomed the announcement of a unilateral ceasefire in September. At the same time the EU also urged the Maoists to take concrete steps towards a permanent end to the use of violence for political ends. The agreement between the parties and the Maoists seems to make some positive moves in that direction.
The EU continues to support a transition of the Maoists into a mainstream political party, but reiterates its belief that such a process must entail a firm commitment by the Maoists to renounce violence, including by putting its arms verifiably beyond use. As a first step, the EU calls on the Maoists to extend their present ceasefire and to work to create the right conditions for peace talks to resume.