Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union concerning developments in Nepal (3 may 2006)
The European Union welcomes the first meeting in four years of the House of Representatives in Nepal and the decisions taken at that meeting. This is an important step towards full democracy and sustainable peace in the interest of the people of Nepal. The EU congratulates Girija Prasad Koirala on his appointment as Prime Minister. The EU welcomes steps taken towards the rapid formation of an effective government in Nepal.
The EU encourages members of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) to continue to work together in implementing the SPA roadmap as they have done to date. It is important that any processes leading to Constituent Assembly elections and subsequent reforms are inclusive and participatory and respect the sovereignty vested in the Nepalese people.
The EU welcomes the decision of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to call a unilateral ceasefire for three months with immediate effect. The EU now calls on the CPN(M) to renounce violence completely and to commit to decommissioning its weapons. Without such a commitment, free and fair elections to a Constituent Assembly will be impossible.
The EU encourages the new government to take reciprocal measures in response to the ceasefire of the CPN (M). The EU continues to believe that a ceasefire would benefit from international facilitation and monitoring. The EU is willing to assist any process leading to a durable negotiated solution.
As a response to the call by Prime Minister Koirala, the EU, with the international community, is ready to provide support to the ongoing process. The EU will keep its policy towards Nepal under review, ready to upgrade it in the light of events. The EU is prepared, if called upon to do so, to contribute assistance aimed at ensuring that future elections are free and fair.