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Ministry of External Affairs Statement on Developments in Nepal

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, released a statement on February 1, 2005, after King Gyanendra of Nepal dismissed the coalition Government led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Following is the full text of the statement:

Statement on Developments in Nepal


The King of Nepal has dissolved the multiparty government led by Prime Minister Deuba, and has decided to constitute a Council of Ministers under his own Chairmanship. An emergency has been declared and fundamental rights have been suspended. These developments constitute a serious setback to the cause of democracy in Nepal and cannot but be a cause of grave concern to India.

There are also reports that several political leaders have been confined to their residences. The safety and welfare of the political leaders must be ensured and political parties must be allowed to exercise all the rights enjoyed by them under the Constitution.

India has consistently supported multiparty democracy and constitutional monarchy enshrined in Nepalís Constitution as the two pillars of political stability in Nepal. This principle has now been violated with the King forming a government under his Chairmanship.

We have always considered that in Nepal, it is imperative to evolve a broad national consensus, particularly between the monarchy and political parties, to deal with the political and economic challenges facing the country.

The latest developments in Nepal bring the monarchy and the mainstream political parties in direct confrontation with each other. This can only benefit the forces that not only wish to undermine democracy but the institution of monarchy as well.

India has a longstanding and unique relationship with Nepal, with which it shares an open border, a history of strong cultural and spiritual values and wide-ranging economic and commercial links. We will continue to support the restoration of political stability and economic prosperity in Nepal, a process which requires reliance on the forces of democracy and the support of the people of Nepal.

New Delhi

February 1, 2005

Source: Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.





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