European Parliament Resolution on Nepal
MEPs call for national unity in Nepal
The long-running political instability in Nepal is a source of serious concern to the European Parliament, which calls on all sides to work together for national unity and support a constitutional settlement.
In November 2006 a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoists (UCPN), who controlled large parts of the country, ended a 10-year armed conflict that had caused some 13,000 deaths. The agreement paved the way for a Constituent Assembly (CA) and an interim government including the Maoists.
Unfortunately, many of the terms of the peace agreement remain unfulfilled and "the ongoing political instability is having a crucial impact on the social, economic and touristic development of Nepal", say MEPs.
Parliament’s resolution expresses "deep concern about the non-existence of a constitution based on democratic values and human rights". It "urges the CA and all the political actors involved to negotiate without preconditions, to show flexibility, to avoid any provocative actions and to work together for national unity in order to find a clear structure for the new constitution" and "to establish a functioning federal democracy".
MEPs also call on the international community, including the EU and the Member States to play a role in the integration of former Maoist combatants into the Army or other security forces and urge the UN to screen out from its peacekeeping positions any members of the security forces guilty of human rights violations. In addition, MEPs call on EU Member States to continue to ban exports of lethal weapons to Nepal.
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