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U.S. State Department statement

Richard Boucher, spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State, issued a statement on February 1, 2005, after King Gyanendra dismissed the Government headed by Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba, and imposed a state of Emergency in Nepal. Presented below is the full text of the press release:

Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 1, 2005

Dismissal of Government and State of Emergency in Nepal

The United States is deeply troubled by developments in Nepal. The dismissal today of its multi-party government, the declaration of a state of emergency and the suspension of fundamental constitutional rights is a step back from democracy. These actions will undermine the Nepali struggle with the Maoist insurgency, a very serious challenge to a peaceful and prosperous future for Nepal.

We are also concerned about reports that student and political leaders have been arrested or put under house arrest. If these reports are true, we expect the detainees to be treated well, charged under appropriate laws or released promptly.

The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Nepal. The protection of civil and human rights and strengthening of multi-party democracy are key components of Nepalís progressing along this path.

Nepal should make an immediate move towards the restoration of multi-party democratic institutions under a constitutional monarchy. We continue to urge the Maoists to abandon their armed struggle and to join the political mainstream through dialogue.

The United States will address these concerns directly with the King and with the Council of Ministers, once it has been appointed.

Released on February 1, 2005

Source: Official Website of the U.S. Department of State





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