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EU concerned at security situation

The European Union has urged the Govt to rein in the Maoists who have resorted to violent means against 'corrupt persons'.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Kathmandu
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2007 10:12 AM IST

The European Union has expressed concern at the security situation in Nepal ahead of the crucial November constituent assembly polls and urged the government to rein in the Maoists who have resorted to violent means against 'corrupt persons'.

"EU Heads of Mission remain concerned by the public security situation in Nepal and once again urge all parties to work together to uphold the rule of law. Increased public security is vital not only for holding credible elections in November but for Nepal's long term stability," the EU said.

Taking a strong exception to the recent activities by Maoist-affiliated Young Communist League (YCL), the European Union issued a statement urging the government and all parties to uphold the rule of law.

The EU was "concerned by reports of harassment against those mentioned in the Rayamajhi Commission".

"As in any democracy, it is the responsibility of the judiciary to rule on what action is necessary against those alleged to have broken the law. We urge all parties to respect the rule of law and disband parallel law enforcement," the EU statement said.

The YCL had earlier initiated action against 'corrupt persons' and those named guilty by the Rayamajhi Commission report that probed the misuse of power during the direct rule of King Gyanendra.

The YCL cadres gheraoed residences of former ministers and threatened public action against them. It has given October 6 as the deadline for the government to take action, failing which they have warned to initiate action against the 'corrupt people'.

"Disputes and disagreements are part of life. But in a democratic system, due processes of law must prevail and disputes must be resolved through peaceful arbitration," British ambassador Andrew Hall said in reference to the YCL action as well as continued harassment of the media.

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