EU Troika visit: arrival media statement, 3 December 2007
The EU Troika starts its official Nepal visit today. The high level delegation led by HE Ambassador Pedro Moitinho de Almeida (Special Representative of the EU Presidency for Political Dialogues with 3rd Countries) consists of officials from Portugal, the current EU Presidency, Slovenia, the forthcoming EU Presidency, the European Commission and the European Council. The visit ends on 6 December.
The aim of the visit is to express continued EU support for Nepal’s peace process and to encourage the parties to work together to meet the demands that the people of Nepal have expressed for change and peace. An essential part of this will include free and fair elections. The Troika will offer its support to the Government to put in place the key building blocks of the peace process to enable credible elections at the earliest opportunity. These include improvement of public security, discussion on the future of Maoist combatants, an end to impunity for human rights abuses, progress on development and dialogue with marginalised groups.
Commenting on the visit, Ambassador Moitinho de Almeida said,
“We have high hopes that the current peace process will result in lasting peace and change for the people of Nepal. The EU stands ready to support the Government of Nepal and we look forward to discussions with all concerned parties during our visit."
The delegates will interact with the media in a press conference on 6 December.