All sides in Nepal conflict should return to negotiating table, Annan urges

29 August 2003

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced deep concern over the breakdown of the ceasefire and recent upsurge of violence in Nepal and called on all sides, especially the communist insurgents, to return to the negotiating table.

Mr. Annan "remains convinced that there is no alternative to the continuation of dialogue and a peaceful solution to the conflict," a statement issued by a UN spokesman said.

"The Secretary-General urges all concerned, in particular the insurgents belonging to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), to return to the negotiating table," the statement added. "He reminds the parties of their responsibilities to protect civilians and abide by international humanitarian law."


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