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Diplomats in Nepal demand safe movement

Terming the attack last week by Maoists on US ambassador as "unacceptable" the " the diplomatic corps in Nepal have urged to ensure security and safety for diplomats.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2007 11:49 IST

The diplomatic corps in Nepal have urged the government to ensure the security and safe movement of diplomats in the Himalayan nation, terming the attack last week by Maoists on US ambassador James Moriarty as "unacceptable".

"The Diplomatic Corps of Nepal is deeply concerned by an upsurge in recent weeks of security incidents that have threatened foreign diplomats or otherwise impeded their work in the country," a statement issued by Diplomatic Corps of Nepal said.

Terming it "unacceptable" the "targeting or threatening of diplomats in Nepal on their countries' official business," the diplomatic corps in Nepal have reminded the government "of its role to ensure security and safety for diplomats."

"We condemn any and all attempts to harm, threaten, or interfere with foreign diplomats working in Nepal," it said.

"The diplomatic corps urges all political groups and activists to respect customary norms and reject violence or intimidation," the statement says.

The cadres of Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League (YCL) had pelted stones at the vehicle carrying the US ambassador while he was returning after visiting a refugee camp in Jhapa last week.

The statement was issued on behalf of embassies of the US, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Denmark, Israel, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, the UK, Bangladesh and Finland.