Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union (27 April 2006)
The European Union (EU) has taken careful note of the proclamations issued by King
Gyanendra on 21 and 24 April 2006, and of subsequent reaction to them within Nepal.
The EU urges the speedy implementation of the King’s decision to reinstate the House of
Representatives. It welcomes the recognition that sovereignty in Nepal belongs to the
people. The EU fully supports the Nepalese people in their aspirations for peace and
The EU now looks to the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) to exercise responsible leadership in
the current tense situation. In view of the meeting of the House of Representatives
announced for 28 April, the EU calls on the leaders of the SPA further to develop and
operationalise the road map for democracy and peace. Action is needed without delay to
restore peace to the country and to put in place a democratic, accountable government.
The EU welcomes the SPA proposal to nominate Mr Koirala as Prime Minister.
The EU expects all Security Forces to refrain from the use of force against pro-democracy
demonstrations and to be ready to work under a democratic government as soon as one is
The EU continues to urge the transition of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) back
into the democratic political mainstream, but this process must include the renunciation of
violence and the decommissioning of weapons.
The EU commits itself to work with and to assist the democratic institutions which it hopes
to see emerge from the present situation.