Local declaration of the Heads of mission of the European Union member states ( 11 November 2004)

The Heads of Mission of EU, United States, Australia, Norway, Canadian Cooperation Office, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and UN strongly condemn Maoist use of tactics such as the 9 November bomb attacks in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur and throughout Nepal. Such acts of violence clearly violate international norms, and no legitimate political force would resort to such tactics to achieve political goals.

We strongly urge all parties to work constructively and with determination towards creating an environment conducive for negotiations and dialogue. The resumption and apparent escalation of violence after the Dashain holidays clearly works contrary to creating such an environment and only serves to continue and prolong the suffering of innocent Nepalis.

The Heads of Mission of EU, United States, Australia, Norway, Canadian Cooperation Office, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and UN jointly reiterate the EU’s 29 September statement calling on the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to respond positively and without delay to the government’s invitation to begin talks. We urge the Government to uphold the offer for peace talks. At the same time, we strongly appeal to the Government, the political parties, the Royal Palace and the Royal Nepal Army to commit themselves to a joint approach in this respect.

The Heads of Mission of EU, United States, Australia, Norway, Canadian Cooperation Office, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and UN reaffirm their offer of full support to a peace process.

Dernière modification : 06/01/2010

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