Wednesday, May 04, 2005

US Welcomes lifting of Emergency

The United States has welcomed Nepal's decision to lift the state of emergency.

"The United States welcomes the Government of Nepal's decision to lift the State of Emergency on April 29, and its decision to release several political party leaders from house arrest," a spokesman of the US State Department said.

"However, more needs to be done. We urge the government to release all political detainees and to ensure the protection of fundamental rights in Nepal. Ultimately, Nepal needs to return to an electoral democracy," the spokesman further said, according to news posted in the US government website.

The Us has also encouraged the political parties and the Palace to move towards reconciliation. "Unity among Nepal's legitimate political forces is a necessary step for Nepal to achieve a functioning, stable democracy, and effectively address the Maoist insurgency," the statement added.

"The United States will continue to support progress in these efforts as we consult closely with other friends of Nepal," the spokesman further said. dr May 04 05

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