Declaration of the European Union on the royal takeover in Nepal (February 2005)
The EU is deeply concerned about the dissolution of the multiparty Government in Nepal and the decision by the King to assume executive powers. This represents a serious setback to multiparty democracy. The EU has consistently supported multiparty democracy and constitutional monarchy in Nepal. In the present situation, the EU sees no alternative to a broad-based government. Democracy cannot be safeguarded by excluding legitimate democratic forces from the decision-making processes. The EU calls for the speedy restoration of multiparty democracy in Nepal to better meet the aspirations of the Nepalese people.
The EU is gravely concerned about reported restrictions imposed upon political and civil society representatives and recalls the need to ensure respect for civil and political rights. The EU recalls its grave concern over the current human rights crisis in Nepal with frequent and systematic violations by both sides of the conflict. The EU reiterates that continued non-compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law will have serious implications for Nepal’s standing in the international community.
The EU firmly believes that a negotiated and democratically-based solution is the only acceptable and sustainable way to end the current conflict. The EU continues to judge that there can be no acceptable military solution to Nepal’s problems and that any search for a solution by military means by either side will only add to and prolong the suffering of the Nepalese people.
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, align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process