EU Troika, 3-6 December 2007
A European Union (EU) Troika visited Kathmandu from 3 to 6 December 2007. This was the fourth EU Troika visit to Nepal, following those in December 2004, October 2005 and November 2006.
The Troika carried a mandate to speak on behalf of all 27 Member States of the EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
The Troika was led by HE Ambassador Pedro Moitinho de Almeida, Special Representative of the EU Presidency for Political Dialogues with 3rd Countries, Portugal. The European Commission was represented by Mr. Jean-Christian Rémond, Head of Unit for Nepal, Bhutan and India. The incoming Slovenia Presidency of the EU was represented by Mr Miklavž Borštnik , Charge d’Affairs a.i., Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in New Delhi. The EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy was represented by Mr Michael Swann, South Asia Desk Officer at the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU.
During the course of its visit the Troika met the following:
Prime Minister, Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Sahana Pradhan
Minister for Peace and Reconstruction, Mr. Ram Chandra Poudel
Home Minister, Mr. Krishna Prasad Sitaula
House Speaker, Mr. Subash Nembang
Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. Bhoj Raj Pokharel
Chief Commissioner of NHRC, Mr. Kedar Nath Upadhyaya
Finance Secretary, Mr. Viddhyar Mallik
Prime Minister Defence Adviser, Mr. Ramesh Jung Thapa
Political parties (Senior Officials and Officals)
Mr. Ian Martin, Head of the UNMIN and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General
Mr. Richard Bennett, Head of the OHCHR in Nepal
Representatives of the UNDG (UNDP, UNICEF, WFP and UNFPA)
Representatives of the marginalised communities, the civil society, the human rights defenders and the media
Representatives of the international community resident in Nepal