18 April 2006

Secretary-General "More than Ever" Concerned about Deteriorating Situation in Nepal

NEW YORK, 13 April (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is more than ever concerned about the deteriorating situation in Nepal, particularly the absence of any movement towards a political solution.  He reiterates his call for an inclusive national dialogue of all Nepalese political forces, and for His Majesty King Gyanendra to take courageous steps to find a way out of this situation and avoid further bloodshed.

It is quite clear that the Nepalese people want a swift end to the conflict and instability, and the immediate restoration of democracy.  The loss of life and denial of legitimate rights should end without delay.

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