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Office of the Spokesman
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May 3, 2005
Question Taken at the Daily Press Briefing of May 3, 2005

Nepal - Lifting of State of Emergency (Taken Question)

Question:  Can you give us an update on the situation in Nepal?What is your reaction to the decision of the King to lift the state of emergency?

Answer:   The United States welcomes the Government of Nepalís decision to lift the State of Emergency on April 29, and its decision to release several political party leaders from house arrest. 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.

We also encourage 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 United States will continue to support progress in these efforts as we consult closely with other friends of Nepal.

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Released on May 3, 2005

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