Declaration of the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the announcement by the political parties in Nepal of the achievement of a joint position (13 May 2005)
The EU welcomes the announcement by the political parties in Nepal that they had achieved a joint position, which they published on 8 May. The EU hopes that these efforts will be the foundation of a dialogue between the political parties and the King. The EU urges both the King and the political parties to show flexibility in initiating this dialogue and in reviving the democratic process.
The EU strongly believes that the development of multi-party democracy in Nepal must be an essential part of any acceptable and sustainable resolution of the current conflict. The EU takes this opportunity to recall the need to respect civil and political rights. It urges both the government and the Maoists to respect human rights, and condemns violations from any quarter. The EU will continue to watch developments in Nepal with close interest.
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