EU HEADS OF MISSION STATEMENT ON PUBLIC SECURITY
The EU Heads of Mission believe that establishing public security is vital to Nepal’s peace process. The rule of law needs to be upheld and every section of Nepalese society needs to feel secure if Nepal is to become a peaceful democratic society where violence for political ends is not acceptable.
The EU recognises that establishing public security in a post-conflict environment is difficult. The bomb blasts in Kathmandu on 2 September were a tragic reminder of this. We condemn these bomb blasts as we do any terrorist activity. Our condolences are with the families of the victims.
The EU Heads of Mission believe that establishing public security requires the full commitment by the political parties to the rule of law and co-operation between the political parties at the central and local level. We urge the Government to give the necessary political support to the police forces in Nepal to allow them to uphold the rule of law. We also urge the Government to make efforts to bring all perpetrators of violence to face justice without impunity.
Increasing public security is vital not only to the long-term stability of Nepal, but also for the elections. The EU supports the UN Election Expert Monitoring Mission’s observations on electoral security. The EU welcomes the progress made in preparing for secure elections and the announcement of an election security plan. The implementation of a comprehensive security plan, underpinned by political consensus, is vital to ensure that the people of Nepal can participate in the elections free from fear and violence.