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March 8, 2005
Question Taken at March 8, 2005 Daily Press Briefing

Nepal - Media Reports of Arrests of Opposition Figures (Taken Question)

Question:   Nepal has reportedly arrested 100 opposition figures. Is this something the U.S. can confirm? What is the U.S. reaction?

Answer:   We have seen media reports about additional arrests but cannot confirm them. We remain concerned about continuing curbs on civil liberties and reports of further arrests in Nepal. We have repeatedly called on the Government of Nepal to promptly release detainees, end house arrests and restore civil liberties and freedom of the media all in the context of a rapid return to multiparty democracy.

The way forward to defeat the Maoist insurgency is clear: a political process open to all who wish to participate peacefully, combined with a determined effort to bring to justice those that use terror or violence to advance their goals.

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Released on March 8, 2005

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